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MGA backs call for urgent action on illicit tobacco

MGA Independent Retailers has backed calls from the National Party for a coordinated, nationwide approach to combat the illicit trade in regional communities across Australia. At the party’s 2017 federal conference earlier this month, a motion was passed, acknowledging the serious law-and-order problems caused by illegal tobacco. MGA Independent Retailers …

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Calls for a ‘Council of Small Unions of Australia’

According to a statement released by COSBOA CEO Peter Strong, the government plans to attack many of the biggest unions and employer associations, stripping them of what he labels “easy money”. He says the Minister for Employment, Michaelia Cash, has announced that funds designed to provide redundancy pay and income …

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South Australians lead the way in supporting Aussie brands online

Sensis data has been released this week indicating that South Australian online shoppers are the most patriotic, with more choosing to support Australian brands over getting the best deal or fastest delivery time than any other state or territory in Australia. The 2017 Sensis eBusiness Report shows that 34 per …

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Pessimistic consumer mood continues in Australia

The latest Westpac Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment results show a  continued ‘downbeat’ mood among Australian consumers. According to the institute’s report, pessimistic consumers outnumber the optimists for the 10th consecutive month, with pressure on family finances, concerns around interest rates, deteriorating housing affordability and rising energy prices all …

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Record numbers for Fine Food Australia

The figures are back from Fine Food Australia (FFA), held in Sydney last week, and show the largest number of exhibitors on record, with initial figures indicating the event attracted the highest attendance in the city for eight years. Held in Sydney’s newly revamped International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour, …

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Westpac results positive for SMEs

The Westpac-Melbourne Institute SME Index results show business confidence rose by 3.2 per cent in the third quarter of the year. Westpac says the Index, which examines the economic health of Australian small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) shifted above the 100-neutral mark for the first time in the year, …

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Steady retail results, concerning forecasts

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released its retail trade figures, showing a steady result for the retail industry leading into the last half of 2017. July showed an estimated turnover of 0.3 per cent, which aligns with May and June’s 0.4 per cent increases. “The trend estimate rise …

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Costco heads north

Retail giant Costco has selected its second Queensland site – Walker Corporations’ $1 billion Citiswich Business Park in Ipswich. The decision ended months of speculation giving the Ipswich business park, located 25 minutes west of Brisbane a welcome boost. “We are thrilled to be continuing our investment in South East …

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Woolworths launches Pick Up service

Woolworths has launched a pick-up service nationwide to make their customers lives easier. Pick Up, which was formerly known as Click & Collect, is aimed at providing a convenient collection service for Woolworths customers. According to Woolworths, it is the first and only supermarket to provide such a service nationally, …

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Ageing population offers huge opportunities for FMCG marketers

The number of people aged 60 will increase by 56 per cent globally, from 900 million in 2015 to more than 1.4 billion, by 2030, according to GlobalData, which says FMCG brands will have to adapt to cater for this age group. In its latest report, TrendSights Analysis: Aging Populations, …

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