Tag Archives: Australian Retailers Association

ARA predicts cracking Easter trade for retailers

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) predicts that retailers across Australia will enjoy bumper sales of Easter treats this year. However, IBISWorld struck a more cautious note. Many retailers stock their shelves with Easter products just after New Year. Yet most Easter sales take place the week before Good Friday, says …

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Cautious welcome for more choice on tap and go

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has welcomed greater choice for retailers on tap and go payments, but urges more action. The ARA says it’s “pleased” that ANZ and Westpac have decided to give retailers a choice on how tap and go debit-card transactions are processed. But although it’s a “step …

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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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ARA hits back at ‘prehistoric’ Boxing Day ban

NSW Opposition Leader Michael Daley has declared plans to cease Boxing Day trading. But the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) isn’t happy. In a tweet last week, Mr Daley said: “There is no good reason why shops should be open on Boxing Day. It’s all about corporate greed. That’s why, a …

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October trade figures bode well for festive season

October trade figures suggest a strong lead-up to the Christmas trading period, with a 3.56 per cent total year-on-year increase. The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) welcomed the figures, just released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman says the results should increase confidence and he …

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ALDI Australia wins Retail Employer of the Year

ALDI Australia won 2018 Retail Employer of the Year at the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) Australian Retail Awards last week. The company, which won the same title last year, says the win matters because it recognises the importance ALDI places on its people. To be in the running, ALDI says …

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Think you’ve got what it takes to win an ARA award?

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is calling all retailers to put themselves forward for the 2018 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards. This year’s awards, entitled ‘The Retail Realm: thinking outside the shop’, will touch on every element in the retail sphere. This includes customer experience, technology, payments, sustainability, supply chain, …

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Australia can lead the fight against illicit trade, says ARA

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) believes Australia is performing well against illicit trade, but now needs to extend its expertise. An ARA-commissioned report, ‘The Global Illicit Trade Environment Index’, shows that Australia is ranked number five globally (against 84 countries) in combating illicit trade. But the report also says that because …

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ARA recommends minimum-wage increase to preserve industry employment

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has proposed a 1.9 per cent minimum-wage increase aimed at bringing back balance to a challenging trade environment. ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman says Aussie retailers still face a volatile operating market and this increase in line with inflation is the best way to ensure …

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