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Father’s Day gift spending impacted by cost of living

Australians are forecast to spend $735 million on Father’s Day gifts, according to new research. Purchases are, however, down 7.7% on last year’s projections, as the rising cost of living starts to...

Record sales, despite challenges

Australian retail sales remained at record levels in June with $34.2 billion spent in stores and online – an increase of 12% on a year ago and up 0.2% compared to May...

Inflationary pressures mount

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 1.8 per cent in the June 2022 quarter and 6.1 per cent annually, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The quarterly...

A missed opportunity for deregulated shop trading hours in Queensland, ARA

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) says it’s disappointing the Queensland Parliamentary Committee examining the state’s retail trading hours in its review of the Trading (Allowable Hours) Bill has failed to recommend full...

ARA calls for national alignment on phase-out of single-use plastics

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has called on the federal government to help facilitate national consistency on the phase-out of single-use plastics. ARA CEO Paul Zahra says complex state and territory legislation includes...

Pandemic leave pay returns

Over the weekend, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced the reinstatement of the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment. In recognition of the risks associated with more infectious variants of Covid-19 through the winter period, the...

Jobs and Skills Summit opportunity to address Australia’s economic challenges

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) says September’s Jobs and Skills Summit needs to look at long term economic reform in the areas of women’s workforce participation, including childcare, as well as skilled...

Retail sales strong, for now

Australian retail turnover rose 0.9% in May, reaching another record level, according to the Retail Trade figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The rise in May was the fifth consecutive...
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