The collapse has left many small independents retailers isolated but the NRA is stepping to offer members a helping hand.
The National Retail Association has slammed the Gillard government for fiddling with industrial relations arrangement.
Nominations for the annual National Retail Association (NRA) young retailer of the year award are now open.
Retailers have welcomed the Gillard Government's decision to implement recommendations made by the LVT Processing Taskforce to reduce the $1000 GST threshold.
As the nation stopped to watch the Melbourne Cup race, retailers held to their breaths for the Reserve Bank's decision on the cash rate.
The 0.5 per cent retail turnover rise in September has been warmly welcomed by retailers.
Signs that consumers are spending is becoming more evident as retail turnover for August rises 0.2 per cent, according to the latest Australian Bureau Statistics (ABS) Retail Trade figures.
The National Retail Association has appointed Trevor Evans as the new executive director.
The ABS trade figures show that while brighter trade results of 1.2 per cent were achieved in June, they have flatlined in July with turnover falling 0.8 per cent, seasonally adjusted
The latest ABS retail trade figures show that retail turnover rose 1 per cent in June 2012, seasonally adjusted, following a rise of 0.8 per cent in May 2012.
Stephanie Tam, a 22-year-old Lorna Jane state manager, has been recognised as the 2012 Young Retailer of the Year, which was award to her by the National Retail Association.
Last month's retail turnover growth appear to have given the industry false hope after it slumped 0.2 per cent in April.
Westfield has agreed to support this year's NRA Young Retailer of the Year Award. The winner will be offered a spot on the Westfield World Retail Study Tour.
The NRA is hosting a breakfast series in March to discuss current and emerging trends related to industrial relations.
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.
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.
The NRA continues to fight a long battle against the shorter minimum work shifts on behalf of young employees, sitting in on the cases' third appeal on Wednesday.
The Fair Work Ombudsman has helped recover $585,000 for 755 retail staff who were being unknowingly underpaid in light of random audits of almost 2,000 retail employers.
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.
Both the NRA and the ARA have described the news as an extra break the sector needs to continue the recovery after a soft couple of years and a disastrous few months.
Jennifer Skeahan-Heugh has been recognised for her achievement as helping some Kmart departments in Tamworth reach triple-digit growth.