Retailers are pleading for another interest rate cut to 2.5 per cent when the Reserve Bank of Australia meets in May.
Signs of financial pressure have eased in Australia during the first quarter of the year with further signs of economic conditions stabilising.
The Consumer Price Index rose 0.4 per cent in the March quarter compared with the 0.2 per cent rise in the December quarter 2012.
One in two department store customers also shop online, the latest Roy Morgan research shows.
Further potential interest rate cuts could potentially see a healthier retailer environment, according to the latest business outlook report by Deloitte Access Economics.
The Australian Sporting Goods Association is calling on the government to fix Australian laws around trademark protection and parallel importing.
Australians are demonstrating a less cautious approach to spending money, with more consumers planning to use their credit cards this quarter.
Only 29 per cent of businesses are actually ready for for the NBN change, according to findings of a report conducted by Deloitte Access Economics and commissioned by Macquarie Telecom.
More consumers are planning to use their credit cards this quarter with savings being less of a focus, according to the latest Dun & Bradstreet survey.
Court proceedings between Australian fashion designer Kymberley Ellery and Myer has begun.