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Retail turnover rises 0.3 per cent in June

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) retail-trade figures for June 2017 show signs of a strengthening retail industry, after 12 months of softened growth. According to the ABS, the seasonally adjusted trend rose 0.3 per cent in seasonally adjusted terms from the previous month, following a rise of 0.6 per …

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May retail figures remain steady

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) this week released some positive figures for the Australian retail industry as retailers move into winter. The figures show a 3.82 per cent total growth year-on-year for the industry in May, a result that, according to the Australian Retailers Association (ARA), was much better …

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Casual workers win right to request permanent employment

A landmark decision by the Fair Work Commission requires retailers to offer casual staff part-time employment after being with the business for 12 months. The decision was welcomed by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), which has campaigned against what it calls the “epidemic of casualisation”. “Too many employers …

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Government’s Youth Jobs PaTH program supported by retail industry

Earlier this week, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) Executive Director Russell Zimmerman showed his support for the government’s Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) program. According to a statement released by the ARA, the organisation has been working with the federal government to help young people in Australia looking to enter the …

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Modest retail turnover brings relief for food retailers

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) retail trade figures for April 2017 show minimal growth from March, with food retailing faring better than most other segments. Australian Retailers Association (ARA) Executive Director Russell Zimmerman says that, although April’s growth figure (1 per cent) is quite modest, the past few months …

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Mixed reaction to minimum-wage increase

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) this week announced its decision to increase the minimum wage and Modern Awards by 3.3 per cent, stirring mixed reactions from the retail industry. The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) was quick to respond, stating emphatically that the decision passed down on Tuesday would cause damage …

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ARA will oppose unions’ Sunday-penalty judicial review

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) says it will strongly oppose any application from the SDA (Shop, Distributive & Allied Employees Association) for judicial review of the Sunday-penalty-rates decision. ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman says the penalty-rates decision was initially approved by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) as the evidence presented …

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Federal budget a mixed bag for retailers

The federal budget has brought some relief for retailers through reducing Government debt, but at the undesirable cost of increasing taxes on Australian individuals and businesses, according to the Australian Retailers Association. ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman says budget measures such as strong infrastructure investment and additional skills funding are …

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February trade figures disappoint

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics retail trade figures represent lower-than-expected growth for the industry, with 2.68 per cent total growth year on year. While clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing attracted a disappointing increase of 0.85 per cent year on year, supermarkets achieved slow but steady improvement with a …

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