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ABS figures show retail in solid position for Christmas

Australian retail turnover rose 0.5 per cent in October 2017, seasonally adjusted, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Retail Trade figures. This follows a 0.1 per cent rise in September 2017. “In seasonally adjusted terms, there were rises across all industries led by cafes, restaurants and takeaway …

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ALDI opens 25th store in South Australia

The opening of ALDI Victor Harbor this week comes less than two years after ALDI first opened its doors in South Australia. ALDI Australia Managing Director of South Australia Viktor Jakupec says the brand’s growth in the state demonstrates that the local community has embraced the ALDI shopping experience. “We’re …

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Metcash reports ‘pleasing’ first-half results, despite challenges in grocery

Outgoing Group CEO Ian Morrice handed the reins to Jeff Adams as Metcash announced sales revenue of $7.06 billion – an increase of 7.6 per cent. Food EBIT increased 5.8 per cent to $89.4 million, reflecting positive earnings from the convenience business, compared with an operating loss of $4.3m in …

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Senate ‘moves the goalposts’ on penalty rates

National Party backbencher George Christensen has crossed the floor in the Senate, resulting in a 73-72 win in favour of overturning the Fair Work Commission’s ruling on Sunday penalty rates. Master Grocers Australia says retailers won a hard fought and fairly argued victory in the Fair Work Commission with the …

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NZ grocer’s ‘mega-efficient’ waste-minimisation program

New Zealand grocery chain Foodstuffs diverted 27.1 tonnes of waste from landfill per store in August with its audited waste-minimisation program. More than 120 stores have signed up to the program, which has increased the average waste-diversion rate from 64 per cent to 84 per cent and led to the …

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Woolworths addresses labour rights in supply chain for fresh goods

As part of Woolworths’ continuing review of its ethical sourcing practices, the retailer has committed to working collaboratively with the National Union of Workers (NUW) and other interested stakeholders to identify and address human rights risks in fresh-food supply chains in Australia. “Our belief is that finding the right solution …

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Amazon trumps Coles in lead-up to local launch

The Amazon US site was accessed by 4.6 million adult Australians during October, according to Nielsen Digital Ratings data, placing the retailer behind Woolworths and ahead of Coles in terms of unique audience. The data was released ahead of the ‘soft launch’ of Amazon’s Australia site, expected this afternoon (November …

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NRA and NORA partner in response to changing business environment

The new partnership between the National Retail Association (NRA) and the established business network connecting and supporting online retailers, NORA, will allow the two organisations to combine their strength and expertise in supporting all Australian retailers, whether they operate online, in store or both. NRA Chief Executive Officer Dominique Lamb …

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