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Retailers upset at interest rates not being reduced, extra stimulus needed

The Australian Retailers Associations said it retail members would be disappointed that there was no drop in the official cash rate for September 2014. The Reserve Bank of Australia yesterday maintained the 2.5 per cent cash rate.

Posted Wed 03/09/2014 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers and customers should be ready as credit card PINs become mandatory

By the end of October 2014, at the end of a 3-month transition period, all credit card transactions requiring verification will require a PIN to be entered to complete the purchase.

Posted Wed 30/07/2014 12:00:00 / Read More »

Major private retailer calls on the Federal Government to support retail

"We would have liked to have seen acknowledgement and support given to the retail and e-commerce sectors, as new avenues for prosperity for the Australian economy, particularly due to the development of the NBN," the retailer said.

Posted Fri 16/05/2014 12:00:00 / Read More »

Round Up: Retail will go personal and social in 2014 (and more trends)

We have more retail trends for 2014 - and these ones are actually pretty good - plus new business software to monitor employee expenses and voice-control logistics, ASIC looks to YouTube and cash rate contrasts among the ARA, NRA and ANRA.

Posted Wed 05/02/2014 12:00:00 / Read More »

Round Up: Signing off and PINning in from 1 August; Ten trends for the 2014

Only overseas visitors will be able to sign to authorise debit and credit card transactions from 1 August 2014. Which retail MD has won a 5-city world tour to learn from the masters? Consumer sentiment is low but it is not all bad news.

Posted Wed 22/01/2014 12:00:00 / Read More »

Decision on GST changes remain on hold for Christmas leaving retailers disappoin

The decision to close the GST loophole on imported goods valued at less than $1000 has not been made; instead has been delayed until March next year.

Posted Thu 28/11/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Christmas hope jolted by September retail turnover rising 0.8%

Retailers have taken the September ABS Retail Trade figures as a possible hopeful indication of how tradiing will be during the all-important upcoming Christmas period.

Posted Mon 04/11/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Industry-wide push to create fair supermarket competition

Retailer associations and the federal government are working together to see enforcement action to be undertaken to address competition issues within the supermarket retail sector.

Posted Fri 01/11/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Australian Retailers Association talks online retail

Today, Russell Zimmerman, executive director of the Australian Retailers Association talks about the need for Australian retailers to get online to capture sales, and the staffing costs that are currently affecting the industry.

Posted Wed 16/10/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers rally for new government to control fuel discounts

Now that the election is truly over, retailers continue their rally for the new federal government to move quickly to shut down the major chains’ “excessive” fuel shopper docket discounts.

Posted Thu 19/09/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Interest rate remains unchanged

As expected by many retailers, the Reserve Bank has decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 2.5 per cent.

Posted Tue 03/09/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Election gets the better of consumers

In the lead up to the federal election this Saturday, signs of nervousness are more obvious than ever as consumers continue to spend cautiously, which is reflective of the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics Retail Trade Figures.

Posted Tue 03/09/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Small businesses rally against supermarket fuel discounts with ad campaign

Four retail groups, which represent two million business and five million employees, have joined forces calling an end to the anti-competitive behaviour of the supermarket giants.

Posted Mon 26/08/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Specsavers takes top gong at 2013 ARA Australian Retail Awards

Specsavers was awarded the coveted 2013 Visa Australian Retailer of the Year award at the 2013 Australian Retailers Association Australian Retail Awards on Tuesday.

Posted Tue 23/07/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Q&A with Shopworkers' Union: Youth wage "injustice" must be fixed

Retailers have raised concerns about a campaign by the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) to lift wages for young workers, but the SDA says those who fight the change are "on the wrong side of history".

Posted Fri 05/07/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Youth wage "injustice" must be fixed, claims Shopworkers' union

The Fair Work Commission began meeting this week to review wage rates for junior workers, and a proposal put forward by the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association to lower the age of eligibility for adult award.

Posted Thu 04/07/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Unchanged cash rate leaves retailers frustrated

The Reserve Bank's decision to hold interest rates have left many retailers frustrated as they continue to face excessive rises in business costs.

Posted Tue 02/07/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers warned of salary, super rate changes

Employers are being reminded new pay and superannuation rates come into effect on Monday, July 1.

Posted Fri 28/06/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

What does the Return of Rudd mean for retailers?

The removal of Australia's 27th Prime Minister and the reinstallation of the nation's 26th should instil some confidence back in to the retail sector, according to ARA executive director Russell Zimmerman.

Posted Thu 27/06/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Wage increases put pressure on retailers

The Minimum Wage Panel has decided there will be a 2.6 per cent increase on the national minimum wage, leaving retailers feeling uneasy.

Posted Tue 04/06/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers fear impact of IPC increase

Last week's federal budget left many retailers disappointed but digging further, the government has decided to increase the Import Processing Charge.

Posted Tue 21/05/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

ARA calls for Retail Award nominations

It’s that time of the year again the Australian Retailers Association is getting ready to award retail's finest.

Posted Fri 26/04/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers urge govt to follow in U.S footsteps

The Australian Retailers Association is urging the Australian government to follow the US Senate's step on collecting tax on internet purchases.

Posted Wed 24/04/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Australian retailers call for political support

The Australian Traders Group has called on all side of politics to support Australian retailers.

Posted Fri 05/04/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

ARA addresses skill shortage in govt submission

The ARA has made a submission to the federal government that addresses the skill shortages which have been identified in the Australian retail sector.

Posted Tue 02/04/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers feel the effects of the carbon tax

Eighty per cent of retailers believe they have been negatively impacted since the carbon tax was introduced in July 2012.

Posted Fri 11/01/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

More interest cuts needed

The retail industry continues to call for the Reserve Bank to lower interest rates.

Posted Fri 04/01/2013 12:00:00 / Read More »

Govt progresses to cut GST

Retailers have welcomed the Gillard Government's decision to implement recommendations made by the LVT Processing Taskforce to reduce the $1000 GST threshold.

Posted Tue 04/12/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers commended at 2012 ARA Australian Retail Awards

Jewellery chain Pandora outshined its fellow competitors after being awarded the 2012 Visa Australian Retailer of the Year award at the ARA Australian Retail Awards breakfast.

Posted Thu 22/11/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

New law gives power to Small Business Commissioner

The NSW government has established the first Small Business Commissioner as a statutory officer.

Posted Thu 22/11/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

Predictions of a big Christmas

Shoppers are expected to spend $41.2 billion on goods this Christmas.

Posted Thu 15/11/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers welcome GST plans

Plans for the state government to lower the GST has been welcomed by the ARA.

Posted Fri 09/11/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers, ACCC to lunch together

ARA is providing an opportunity for the retail sector and the ACCC to have an open discussion at the ARA Retail Leaders Lunch with ACCC chairman Rod Sims.

Posted Wed 12/09/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

Sales figures show improvement in May

According to new Australian Bureau of Statistics figures retail turnover rose 0.5 per cent in May after a jump of just 0.1 per cent in April.

Posted Thu 05/07/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

Latest security technologies at Sydney trade show

This year's Security 2012 Exhibition will showcase the latest industry security innovations for the retail sector, ranging from alarms, CCTV and access technologies to cash-in-transit security and service providers.

Posted Mon 25/06/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

ARA urges retailers to give feedback

The ARA is asking retailers to participate in the recently launched ARA Morgan Retail Pulse, a weekly monitor of retail confidence and performance which will provide unparalleled insight into the current retail environment.

Posted Thu 21/06/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

GST trapdoor costing retailers billions

According to the Australian Retailers Association, retailers have lost $1.73 billion in revenue due to the Low Value Imports Threshold.

Posted Wed 20/06/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

New branding campaign for Reed Gift Fairs

Reed Gift Fairs has unveiled the first in a series of initiatives aimed at boosting its support to businesses with the adoption of new tagline 'trusted home of retail'.

Posted Wed 20/06/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

FWA increases minimum wage

The Fair Work Australia's decision to increase the minimum wage by 2.9 per cent has left many retailers heart broken as it ignores strong signals that the sector is struggling.

Posted Mon 04/06/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

ARA join forces with PayPal, eBay

The Australian Retailers Association, PayPal and eBay have signed a partnership to reflect retail landscape’s shift towards digital retailing.

Posted Thu 24/05/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

Minimum wage increase put jobs at risk

Union advocates are attempting to secure an increase in minimum wages, however the Australian Retailers Association has said this move is ignoring the bigger picture and is in fact putting the jobs of casual and part time retail sector employees on the li

Posted Mon 21/05/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

ARA partners with Roy Morgan to industry insight

Australian Retailers Association has partnered with Roy Morgan Research to gain better knowledge and insight to retailers operating the sector.

Posted Fri 11/05/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

ABS retail trade figures up 0.2%

The largest contributor to the rise was other retailing (1.8 per cent), which includes online retailers, followed by food retailing (0.3 per cent) and department stores (0.7 per cent).

Posted Wed 04/04/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

Parental leave is a burden for retailers, ARA says

ARA as announced it support for the Coalitions’ announcement that it will seek to remove the burden small businesses face in acting as paymasters of the government’s Paid Parental Leave scheme.

Posted Thu 09/02/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers left out in the cold

Retailers’ hopes were left shattered when the Reserve Bank announced it was keeping the cash rate at 4.25 per cent but now there are expectations that the RBA will provide an interest rate cut next month.

Posted Wed 08/02/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retail trade back down 0.1%

Following a 0.1 per cent rise in November 2011, the ABS has reported that retail trade figures for December, the most crucial month of trading, fell 0.1 per cent.

Posted Mon 06/02/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

More interest rate cuts needed, ARA says

ARA has called on the RBA to reduce interest rates in February after the Consumer Price Index (CPI) dropped from 3.5 per cent down to 3.1 per cent.

Posted Mon 30/01/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retail trade figures "disappointing"

While the two interest rates cuts were welcomed with open arms by retailers at the end of last year it didn’t change the attitudes of consumers as the latest ABS retail trade figures show that retail turnover in November 2011 was flat.

Posted Tue 10/01/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

Steady sales during Christmas

Nerves and tension were felt while breaths were held by retailers during the Christmas period but it appears that retailers are remaining steady in this sales period.

Posted Mon 09/01/2012 12:00:00 / Read More »

Cutting down cost on printing

Print solutions company Upstream has partnered with the Australian Retailers Association to help retailers reduce costs associated with printing.

Posted Wed 14/12/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Govt establishes Retail Council of Australia

To advise the government on the future of the sector, the council will work closely with the Council Australian Governments where it will be able to raise collective concerns on behalf of the retail industry.

Posted Tue 13/12/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Household spending on the rise

Retailers aren’t expecting Christmas sales to turn around the flat market according to the ARA, with Christmas sales predicted to increase a moderate 2.2 per cent on last year to $39.5 billion.

Posted Tue 29/11/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Getting serious about mCommerce, social media

Bricks and mortar retailers gathered for the final Engage in E-tail, jointly hosted by ARA and ASGA in partnership with PayPal to learn about mCommerce and social media.

Posted Tue 25/10/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers worried about carbon tax

The federal government successfully passed the carbon tax through the lower house on Wednesday but this has left many retailers heavy-hearted.

Posted Fri 14/10/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Call for cut to cash rate dismissed

The cries of retailers to cut interest rates have been left unheard as the RBA has decided to leave it unchanged at 4.75 per cent.

Posted Tue 06/09/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Carbon tax adds insult to retailers

An industry survey has revealed that 83 per cent of retailers expect consumers will be spending less as a result of the carbon tax.

Posted Tue 09/08/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Reforms needed, Productivity Commission says

The draft report - Economic Structure and Performance of the Australian Retail Industry - examines the implications of globalisation for the retail industry and the appropriateness of current policy settings.

Posted Fri 05/08/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Strong dollar, smartphones drive online purchases

Simon Smith, Quantium director and former managing director of eBay, said retailers need to have an online presence and adopt a multi-channel operation.

Posted Tue 02/08/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers lose in carbon tax introduction

The carbon pricing package will see retailers face increasing operaton costs throughout the supply chain and fewer goods being bought my consumers.

Posted Mon 11/07/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers rejoice after interest rates kept on hold

The National Retail Association has praised the Reserve Bank of Australia after it announced a decision to keep rates on hold for another month.

Posted Wed 06/07/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers outraged by union short shift appeal

The Australian Retailers Association has hit out at Fair Work Australia after it allowed a union appeal on plans to cut the minimum shift requirement for students.

Posted Thu 30/06/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Driving Business Online road show hits NSW

Rural and regional retailers will get the support they need to make their business successful on the internet when the Driving Business Online road show travels New South Wales over the next four months.

Posted Wed 15/06/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Easter period helped retail trade

Retail trade figures are up 1.1 per cent in April, seasonally adjusted, following a fall of 0.3 per cent the previous month, according to the ABS.

Posted Fri 03/06/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Budget 2011: Some light for retailers

Small businesses will be allowed to claim up to $5,000 as an immediate deduction for any car purchased during the 2012-13 financial year.

Posted Wed 11/05/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Cash rate held for the fifth time

his news has been welcomed by both the ARA and the NRA that have suggested keeping the cash rate stable for retailers as to continue their recovery.

Posted Thu 05/05/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

February flood boosts retail trade

Both the ARA and the ANRA saidQueenslander's need for new household goods following the natural disasters of late December and January drove the 0.5 per cent growth in retail trade.

Posted Fri 01/04/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Now or never: retailers to adopt mobile strategy

A Nielsen survey commissioned by PayPal has found that the growth of smart phones is fuelling mobile commerce, which saw the total amount of mobile transactions reach $155 million in 2010.

Posted Sun 27/03/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers slam EPAL for eftpos fees

The ARA said smaller retailers cannot afford the increased merchant rates and has called on the big banks to absorb costs.

Posted Thu 10/03/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

More education funding needed

The Fair Imports Alliance is calling on the federal government to provide specific funding for specialist e-tailing and online education for retailers.

Posted Mon 07/03/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

A gloomy year ahead

More evidence has been released by the ARA showing it will be another tough year of retail trading with over 50 per cent of Australians planning to spend less.

Posted Fri 25/02/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Dymocks is here to stay

With REDgroup Retail announcing it entered into voluntary administration last week, RetailBiz caught up with book chain Dymocks' CEO Don Grover to see whether they were feeling the pressure of online shopping.

Posted Wed 23/02/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers concern about future trading

The latest retail trade figures from the ABS have confirmed that consumers continued to remain cautious during the crucial December period.

Posted Tue 08/02/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Flood levy is bad news for retailers

The ARA said retailers, including those businesses that have been affected by the floods, will be hit hard by the new levy as consumers tighten their purses.

Posted Mon 31/01/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Lending a helping hand

The ARA is offering a complimentary three month membershipo flood affected retailers to help deal with their employer obligations and other decisions during this time.

Posted Mon 24/01/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retail trade limped into Christmas

The ARA's week-by-week tracking of retail trading during the Christmas period has found that the final week leading into Christmas Eve over 45 per cent of retailers were trading worse than the same time last year.

Posted Thu 06/01/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Aussie retailers demand a fair go

Myer, David Jones, Harvey Norman, Borders and Target are among those forming a coalition and declaring war against international online retailers.

Posted Tue 04/01/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

So far so good

Days before Christmas, the ARA predicted shoppers will spend $6.97 billion during the two weeks of post-Christmas sales and Boxing Day through to early January.

Posted Tue 04/01/2011 12:00:00 / Read More »

Post-Christmas sales to be up by 3%

ARA has predicted that shoppers will spend $6.97 billion during the two weeks of post-Christmas sales from Boxing Day through to early January.

Posted Thu 23/12/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

ARA wants equal level playing field

The ARA has welcomed the Productivity Commission’s Future of Australian Retail Inquiry and the government’s approach to evidence based policy.

Posted Tue 21/12/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Slow sales this Christmas

With Christmas just days away, ARA has confirmed that based on early December retail trade, it will be a slow one for retailers this festive season.

Posted Mon 20/12/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Uneasy outlook for Christmas

The RBA has decided to raise the cash rate by 0.25 per cent to 4.75 per cent just before the Christmas trading period begins.

Posted Wed 03/11/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

ARA urges for GST threshold review

Based on a Frost & Sullivan report, it is estimated that Australian consumers will spend in excess of $12 billion dollars online this year and almost half of that will be spent offshore.

Posted Wed 03/11/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers angry over Fair Work decision

Fair Work Australia has upheld its decision to refuse to amend retail award’s minimum three hour shift requirement.

Posted Tue 12/10/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Stronger dollar, cheaper goods

Over the last few weeks the Australian dollar has been steadily increasing following the country's recovery of the global financial crisis.

Posted Thu 30/09/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Smiggle takes out Retailer of the Year

Specialty stationery retailer Smiggle has been awarded the top honour of Oracle Australian Retailer of the Year 2010 at the ARA Australian Retail Awards Breakfast in Sydney.

Posted Thu 23/09/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

ARA state finalists announced

The state finalists categories are Australian Young Retailer of the Year, Australian Independent Retailer of the Year and ARA Retail Institute Australian Retail Graduate of the Year.

Posted Fri 17/09/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

ARA announces category winners

The ARA has announced the category winners for the ORACLE Australian Retailer of the Year 2010 as part of the ARA Australian Retail Awards.

Posted Mon 06/09/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Tough year ahead for retailers

The ARA Consumer Spending Confidence Survey indicated that 61 per cent of consumers will be seeking out sales while 14 per cent will be cutting their spending drastically in the next 12 months.

Posted Tue 31/08/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Greater support needed for small retailers

The ARA has suggested that once the new government steps up changes are needed to benefit smaller, independent retailers.

Posted Wed 25/08/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

New research shows small retailers need more support

Recently released Deloitte research gave federal members of parliament a clear picture of the characteristics, operations and complex issues unique to independent retailers for the first time.

Posted Fri 20/08/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Hope for retail recovery as RBA keeps rates on hold

The Reserve Bank of Australia's decision to leave the official cash rate unchanged at 4.5 per cent for the third month will give struggling retailers a glimmer of hope for retail trade recovery.

Posted Fri 06/08/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

ARA launches retail award seminars

The Australian Retailers Association has launched a series of seminars to get employers compliant with the new retail award as the Fair Work Ombudsman continues its campaign of visits to retailers across the country.

Posted Fri 23/07/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Fair Work denies young Australians jobs with minimum 3 hour shifts

Fair Work Australia's decision to keep the new retail award's minimum three hour shift requirement will take jobs away from thousands of young Australian workers.

Posted Thu 15/07/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Relief for retailers as interest rates remain at 4.5 per cent

Keeping interest rates stable will give retailers breathing room to build on recent small gains in the sector.

Posted Thu 08/07/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retail turnover up by just 0.2%

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show that retail sales rose 0.2 per cent in May, seasonally adjusted, compared with a rise of 0.6 per cent the previous month.

Posted Fri 02/07/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retail association slams Gerry Harvey's comments

The Australian Retailers Association has slammed retail giant Gerry Harvey for 'laughing off' the real concerns of smaller retailers across the country at a panel discussion late last week.

Posted Fri 18/06/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

NSW payroll tax cuts offer retailers some relief

The 2010 NSW Budget cuts to payroll tax are a step towards protecting retail jobs under threat from skyrocketing wage bills.

Posted Fri 11/06/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Minimum wage increase will cost jobs, says ARA

The Australian Retailers Association said it was reeling by Fair Work Australia's decision to increase the minimum wage by $26 per week, when retailers are already facing a double whammy with Modern Award wage increases from 1 July.

Posted Fri 04/06/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

ARA says budget is nothing new for small business

The Australian Retailers Association said the 2010 Federal Budget has disregarded the engine room of the economy, with only 'old news' initiatives announced for small business.

Posted Wed 12/05/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

March retail sales rise 0.3%

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) retail trade figures released today show a 0.3 per cent growth in March sales as a result of an early Easter four day break.

Posted Thu 06/05/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Sixth rate hike to further decrease retail spend

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA)'s sixth 25 point interest rate rise since October last year is devastating news for retailers, who are still struggling to cope with reduced consumer demand.

Posted Wed 05/05/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers warned to secure EFTPOS terminals to prevent skimming

The Australian Bankers Association, the Australian Crime Commission and the Australian Retailers Association are advising merchants to secure their EFTPOS terminals to prevent criminals installing skimming devices.

Posted Fri 16/04/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Rate rise to stall retail recovery and cost jobs

Retailers will feel the brunt of the Reserve Bank of Australia's fifth 25 point interest rate rise since October last year, taking the cash rate to 4.25 per cent after dismal retail trade continued in February.

Posted Fri 09/04/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Surprise drop in retail sales

The latest ABS retail trade figures show that sales in February fell 1.4 per cent compared with a rise of 1.1 per cent the previous month.

Posted Wed 31/03/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailer confidence reaches a new low

New research released in the March ARA Australian Retailers Index revealed confidence among small to medium retailers fell 16 points to 24 per cent, resulting in the lowest level of confidence and the largest fall recorded for any industry sector in the p

Posted Wed 31/03/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers feel let down by RBA rate rise

Retailers will feel the brunt of the fourth 25 point interest rate rise since October last year, taking the cash rate to four per cent after an unhealthy post-Christmas sales season.

Posted Fri 05/03/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retail sales down 0.7 per cent

The latest ABS retail trade figures show that sales in December fell 0.7 per cent compared with a rise of 1.5 per cent the previous month.

Posted Thu 04/02/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers' relief at unchanged interest rates

The RBA's decision to hold interest rates at 3.75 per cent will give retailers a chance to post consistent growth after a year of difficult and irregular trade.

Posted Wed 03/02/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Fourth rate rise will impact retail growth

A fourth consecutive RBA rate rise will have a significant impact on growth for retailers, who are still dealing with last year's three rate rises.

Posted Fri 29/01/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Most retailers not ready for new IR laws

More education is needed to help employers manage their obligations under the Fair Work Act, with over 40 per cent of retailers expecting increases in wage bills and operating costs, while only 17 per cent are fully compliant with the new laws.

Posted Tue 12/01/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

November sales up 1.4% on previous month

ABS Retail Trade figures released showing 1.4 per cent growth in sales, compared with a rise of 0.4 per cent the previous month, was the first official sign of a strong Christmas very early on in the season.

Posted Mon 11/01/2010 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers set for $38.7 billion Xmas sales

Retailers seem optimistic about this year's Christmas period with an expected year-on-year growth of 4.7 per cent, totalling $38.7 billion moving through the economy via retail sales.

Posted Fri 11/12/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers expect consumer confidence to drop

The ABS Retail Trade figures released yesterday showing a small 0.3 per cent growth in sales, highlights the trend of patchy recovery and that Australia is not showing strong signs of spending consistent with trend economic growth.

Posted Fri 04/12/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Three rate rises set to cut Christmas spending

Retailers will feel the brunt of the third successive interest rate rise as consumers will be spending less this Christmas.

Posted Wed 02/12/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers say rate rises will damage Christmas sales

The 2009 ARA Christmas Retail Expectations Survey has revealed 56 per cent of retailers believed the past two interest rate cuts would decrease sales over the festive season.

Posted Fri 27/11/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Seventy per cent of retailers have no ER support

New research has confirmed retailers need help to comply with the Modern Retail Award and the Fair Work Australia regime, with only three out of 10 retailers having access to in-house employment relations specialists.

Posted Tue 24/11/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers don't approve of RBA's interest rate rise

The Reserve Bank's decision to raise the official cash rate by 25 points to 3.25 per cent has not been received well by retailers.

Posted Wed 07/10/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retail trade up but no room for interest rate rise

The 0.9 per cent increase in retail trade turnover was another sign of slow and sporadic retail recovery, which should discourage any premature increase in interest rates when the Reserve Bank meets next Tuesday.

Posted Wed 30/09/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

ARA to educate retailers on new workplace laws

The Australian Retailers Association has launched a series of free seminars and webinars to educate retailers and other employers about their obligations under the new Fair Work legislation.

Posted Wed 23/09/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

ARA welcomes change to supermarket leases

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) supports the ACCC's plan to phase out all restrictive provisions in supermarket leases.

Posted Mon 21/09/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retail turnover drops one per cent

The one per cent decrease in retail turnover for July reflected the sensitive nature of consumers in the current economic climate and quashed any case for interest rate hikes in the lead-up to Christmas.

Posted Wed 09/09/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers relieved by AIRC decision to use five-year phase-in

Retailers were relieved by the Australian Industrial Relations Commission decision to phase in increases to wages, casual and part-time loadings, penalty rates and shift allowances at 20 per cent per year from July 2010.

Posted Thu 03/09/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers say EFTPOS can't be consistent with scheme debit cards

The Reserve Bank of Australia's suggestion last week to subject EFTPOS interchange fees to the same regulation as Visa and MasterCard's debit cards has been met with some concern.

Posted Mon 31/08/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Five-year transition period for retail award reconsidered

Pleas from small retailers for the Australian Industrial Relations Commission to makes changes to the draft modern retail award and make use of the full five-year transition period have finally been heard.

Posted Mon 31/08/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Country Road takes out top retail award

Country Road, Aldi and independent retailer Allspares and Bearings and were the big winners at the 2009 ARA Australian Retail Awards.

Posted Fri 14/08/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

ARA supports ACCC investigation into retail leases

The ACCC has started an investigation into restrictive lease arrangements between shopping centre landlords and tenants.

Posted Fri 07/08/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retail sales growth slows

The 1.4 per cent decrease in retail turnover for June followed three consecutive months of steady growth and reflected the temperamental nature of consumer willingness to spend during the current economic climate.

Posted Wed 05/08/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers go head-to-head for top Australian award

Aldi, Country Road, Subway and L'Occitane are to battle it out for the Australian Retailer of the Year title.

Posted Thu 23/07/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

ARA calls on AIRC to maintain 5-year transitional period for retail award

The Australian Retailers Association attended Tuesday's Australian Industrial Relations Commissions hearings to discuss award modernisation transitional issues.

Posted Thu 16/07/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Richard Evans resigns from ARA

Australian Retailers Association's Richard Evans has resigned from his position as the executive director of the association.

Posted Fri 10/07/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retail jobs saved by minimum wage hold

The decision by the Australian Fair Pay Commission (AFPC) to maintain minimum wages at current levels will protect jobs and support stronger economic recovery.

Posted Wed 08/07/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers optimistic as retail sales grow one per cent

The one per cent growth in retail turnover for May reflected the positive economic indicators in the market and continued the strong and steady growth since the beginning of the year.

Posted Thu 02/07/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers spared $760 million in compliance costs

The Minister for Financial Services Chris Bowen has exempted retailers from the government's Consumer Credit Protection Bill, relieving retailers from $760 million in compliance costs and saving about 24,000 jobs.

Posted Fri 26/06/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers Index shows 12 per cent rise in employment

Despite recent reports claiming rising unemployment in the retail sector, the June ARA Australian Retailers Index shows a 12 per cent jump in employment for retail SMEs.

Posted Fri 26/06/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailer confidence jumps 24 per cent

New research released today in the June ARA Australian Retailers Index revealed a 24 per cent jump in confidence among SME retailers over the past quarter, with confidence rising to its highest level since August 2008.

Posted Wed 24/06/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers lead economic recovery, says ARA

The Westpac-MI Leading Index released yesterday was in line with retail predictions of improved growth by the September quarter with the rest of the economy lagging three to six months.

Posted Thu 18/06/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Unemployment rises but no need to panic, says ARA

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has warned against an overreaction to the 0.2 per cent rise in unemployment to 5.7 per cent.

Posted Fri 12/06/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Economists proven wrong as Australia avoids recession

Australia has narrowly avoided going into recession, with the Australian economy growing 0.4 per cent in the March quarter.

Posted Thu 04/06/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

RBA holds rates as economy stabilises

The Reserve Bank of Australia has left the official cash rate unchanged at three per cent with signs of emerging confidence and stability in the economy.

Posted Wed 03/06/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Latest retail figures show signs of recovery

The 0.3 per cent growth in retail turnover for April was in line with predictions and continued to showed signs of slow and patchy recovery across states and retail sectors.

Posted Tue 02/06/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Tobacco display ban costs NSW retailers $127 million

The NSW Government has presented small retailers with a $127 million bill to comply with proposed tobacco display regulations, putting retail jobs on the line.

Posted Mon 01/06/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Government says no to national plastic bag ban

Minister for Environment Peter Garrett has rejected the call to follow South Australia's lead with a national plastic bag ban.

Posted Tue 26/05/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Gloom and doom talk is panicking consumers

A 4.3 per cent fall in May consumer sentiment and small business growth expectations reaching historically low levels have nothing to do with the current climate but everything to do with the negative talk out there in the market.

Posted Thu 21/05/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Litter bigger problem than plastic bags

Planet Ark's plea for Australians to sign an online petition to ban plastic check out bags is just an overly simple solution to the complex issue of litter management.

Posted Tue 19/05/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers welcome budget support for small business

The Australian Retailers Association is welcoming the government's support for SME retailers during the global financial crisis.

Posted Fri 15/05/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

ARA says budget does nothing for job stability

The Australian Retailers Association said the Federal Budget is big on nation building but small on business building with little focus on job retention or job creation outside of infrastructure jobs.

Posted Wed 13/05/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Don't overreact to March growth figures, says ARA

The 2.2 per cent growth in retail turnover for March was in line with predictions and showed signs of slow recovery, as cashed-up consumers re-entered the market without guilt.

Posted Thu 07/05/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

RBA holds rate at 3 per cent as retailers wait for stimulus package effect

The Reserve Bank of Australia has left the interest rate unchanged at three per cent today and foresees no other rate cut until after the June quarter inflation numbers are released in July.

Posted Tue 05/05/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

State-wide ban on plastic bags is irresponsible

The Australian Retailers Association has warned consumers and retailers about significant health and safety issues related to the ban of plastic bags in South Australia from Monday.

Posted Mon 04/05/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Grocery Choice website is a waste of money, says ARA

The Australian Retailers Association says that if the government is serious about saving taxpayer funds, the first step should be to stop funding the Grocery Choice website, which has already cost taxpayers $13 million.

Posted Fri 01/05/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers want labour law postponed

Employment levels are the mitigating factor for economic recovery, which is why the Australian Retailers Association has called for the postponement of the Modern Retail Award for at least 12 months.

Posted Thu 30/04/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Employment stability key to economic recovery, says ARA

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has called for the Rudd Government to focus on jobs and strategies to keep prices low in the Federal Budget in May.

Posted Mon 27/04/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers hold onto staff in tough economic times

New research released today in the March Australian Retailers Index revealed retailers are working hard to hold onto staff with 65 per cent of SME retailers maintaining staff levels.

Posted Mon 20/04/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Banks not doing enough for small business

The Australian Retailers Association has supported Minister Emerson's view yesterday that Australia's big banks aren't doing enough for small business.

Posted Fri 17/04/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

Retailers welcome responsible rate cut

The Australian Retailers Association said the Reserve Bank of Australia was acting with responsible caution by reducing the cash rate by 25 basis points.

Posted Tue 07/04/2009 12:00:00 / Read More »

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