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‘Positive’ signs for retail, says NRA

The National Retail Association (NRA) has said that there are positive signs that the state of retail is improving. This follows the August trade figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) last week. Following a “poor showing” in July, the NRA says the ABS report for August reveals …

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January trade figures ‘softer’ than forecast, says ARA

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) says the January 2019 trade figures have fallen short of forecasts, indicating “conservative” post-Christmas trade. The figures, which the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released on Friday, show a 2.66 per cent total growth year-on-year. ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman said: “As we forecasted a …

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December sales data divides commentators

‘Reputable trade’ or ‘dismal run’? The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) was bullish about the December trade figures, but others struck a more downbeat tone. Responding to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) latest data, the ARA says it represents “a reputable Christmas trade”. The figures show a 2.75 per cent …

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Christmas sales should meet forecasts, says NRA

The National Retail Association (NRA) says the ‘strong’ retail sales for November 2018 suggest Christmas sales will hit forecasts. It made the announcement after the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released its latest Retail Trade report. The report showed an increase in turnover of 0.4 per cent (seasonally adjusted). Based …

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Soft sell: slow retail year continued in August

The retail sector has continued its slow year, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) report. The report showed soft sales figures for the month of August. There was a small rise in turnover of 0.3 per cent, making it the weakest back-to-back results for 2018. Acting National …

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February figures show end to retail spending slump

The spending slump in Australian retail has come to an end following the release of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures for February, showing a rise in turnover of 0.6 per cent. National Retail Association (NRA) CEO Dominique Lamb says the February results are “promising” for the retail sector, …

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Less-than-stellar retail figures for January

New figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showed a modest 2.09 per cent total growth year on year for January 2018 trade. Executive Director for the Australia Retailers Association (ARA) Russell Zimmerman says the ARA and Roy Morgan post-Christmas sales predictions are close to the actual post-Christmas …

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Christmas sales match predictions

Australians spent a record $47.5 billion during the 2017 Christmas period, according to the December 2017 retail-sales data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The figures closely align with the pre-Christmas forecasts made by peak retail industry body the National Retail Association (NRA), which predicted $48 billion in …

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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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