Tag Archives: Christmas

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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Small business owners ‘compromising personal wellbeing’

As Christmas approaches, Australian small business owners are compromising their personal wellbeing to deal with business pressures, claims Westpac. Such pressures include cash flow, compliance and regulation, according to Westpac’s new Small Business Report, in collaboration with Deloitte. Main findings 58 per cent of small business owners said they expect …

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Health consciousness to ‘limit’ Christmas alcohol sales

Although prosecco, craft beers and rosé will be the most popular drinks this Christmas, says IBISWorld, alcohol consumption is falling. One of the lifestyle trends behind this fall in per capita (per person) alcohol consumption is greater health consciousness. But the same trend is also driving demand for kombucha and …

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Deloitte Christmas Survey – all smiles for retailers?

Australian retailers are approaching Christmas with a strong sense of optimism, according to the latest Deloitte Christmas Survey. Now in its seventh year, key survey findings include: 80 per cent of retailers expect to see higher sales this Christmas compared with last year. Forty-one per cent predict growth of five …

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Vinnies and IGA launch Christmas bauble appeal

Vinnies and IGA hosted a BBQ in Sydney last week to celebrate the launch of the 2018 Vinnies Christmas Appeal. The launch took place at Matthew Talbot hostel in Woolloomooloo with Vinnies NSW CEO Jack De Groot and Channel 9 News Weather Presenter Belinda Russell. Also attending were IGA NSW …

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Retail index predicts steady growth in run-up to Christmas

The CHEP Retail Index has predicted that there will be steady retail growth in Australia in Q4 2018. The index is a lead indicator of Australian Bureau of Statistics retail trade data. Based on transactional data from CHEP pallet movements, it predicts year-on-year retail sales to continue growing in the …

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