Tag Archives: Russell Zimmerman

Public holiday idea labelled as ‘an election stunt’

The Queensland Government’s idea to make Christmas Eve a partial public holiday has been labelled as “just a pre-election stunt” by the Executive Director of Australian Retailers Association, Russell Zimmerman. Political self-interest The ARA have given full support to Ai Group’s view on the issue, as Mr Zimmerman has noted …

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Make Australian retail great again!

July retail figures presented by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed annual growth of 2.36 per cent. The growth is described as “an unexpected sobering economic snapshot” by the Executive Director of the Australian Retailers Association, Russell Zimmerman. It is noted however that month-on-month figures show a fall in July …

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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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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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