Tag Archives: Christmas

ABS results confirm shift in Christmas shopping behaviour

Media Release February 6, 2020 The National Retail Association (NRA) has said that today’s Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) retail trade figures for December 2019 confirm that Christmas shopping behaviour by Australian consumers has shifted. Following a gigantic increase of 0.9 per cent in November, the December sales data reveals …

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Little Christmas cheer but some promise in 2020 for retailers

It has been a tough year for the retail sector so far in 2019, and the upcoming festive spending will likely do little to change that underwhelming result according to Deloitte Access Economics. Weak wage growth, high debt levels and increasing price pressures are hurting demand, while tax returns and …

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Expected Christmas spend revealed

A survey of 1,000 respondents revealed that Australians will spend an average $686 each on Christmas. Of this average spend, $351 is expected to go towards groceries. The Accenture Research survey also revealed that the main spending influencing factors include grocery costs (35 per cent), disposable income (31 per cent) …

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Coles delivers a convenient Christmas

Coles has celebrated its 2019 Christmas range in Sydney, unveiling almost 250 new and improved own brand products. Additionally, the supermarket announced a new glassware range for customers to collect over the Christmas period. “At Coles we are customer-obsessed, and this year we have developed products which are unique and …

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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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Consumers ‘constrained’ by falling property prices

Retailers are positive heading into the Christmas period after a relatively good year so far, says Deloitte Access Economics. But falling property prices could darken the picture for the year ahead. It’s also been another year in which the household savings rate has tumbled as income growth fails to keep …

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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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Christmas shoplifting can ‘destroy’ profit potential

Online retail has raised operating expenses and lowered margins. So safeguarding against Christmas shoplifting is crucial, says Checkpoint Systems. The retail inventory management specialist – which describes itself as “Australia’s leading expert in the manufacture and supply of retail loss prevention and merchandise management solutions” – is warning retailers to …

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