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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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Sunshine Coast SPAR cuts plastic bags

SPAR Supermarket Alexandra Headland on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast has banned all plastic bags from the store as of September 1. Store owners Bruce and Sue Luchterhand made the decision to remove all plastic bags well ahead of the state’s official ban, which will take effect from July 1 next year. …

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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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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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NRA to launch campaign on plastic-bag ban

The National Retail Association has teamed up with the Queensland Government in an initiative to guide retailers through the state’s impending ban on single-use plastic shopping bags. In support of the new legislation aimed at tackling shopping-bag litter, the NRA will launch an awareness campaign to inform the retail sector …

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Retailers back Queensland Government on red-tape reduction

The National Retail Association says it supports the Queensland Government’s call this week for the state parliament to pass its “sensible” reforms to the state’s retail trading laws. NRA CEO Dominique Lamb says business owners are tired of politicians paying lip service to cutting red tape, but failing to act …

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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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