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Lew tipped to buy Colorado brands

Informed reports suggest Colorado Group will be placed in administration today.

Walmart chief: ‘We got it wrong’

Walmart is heading back to its roots, after a stunning admission its bid to appeal to a wider variety of shoppers has backfired.

Crunch day for Colorado

Apparel retailer Colorado Group may be placed in the hands of receivers as early as today.

Costco – the price points…

There are some 3600 product lines on sale at Costco – ranging from flat screen TVs and diamond rings through to nappies and smoked salmon.

What to expect when Costco comes to Australia

Costco is coming. Possibly by Christmas, but most likely in the first half of 2009. Robert Stockdill looks at what Australian retailers can expect from the US’ king of value…

Mattel axes revered Barbie store

One of the world’s best known concept stores – the 3500sqm Barbie in Shanghai – closed this week. 

Kogan rewards rival’s customers

Rebel online electronics retailer Kogan is giving away free product to customers of its rival JB Hi-Fi in what could prove an expensive publicity stunt.

GST backlash: opinion shakers attack retailers

A $200,000 advertising campaign urging the government to impose GST on all goods bought over the internet from offshore is just a few days old. 

HMV axes stores as sales plummet

Once considered the smart survivor of the music and DVD retail market in the UK, serious questions are now being raised about the long term viability of HMV. 

Retailers scream ‘buy offshore’

This week’s high profile GST campaign has to be the worst executed, ill-considered public relations campaign in Australian history. 

Retail sales posted November rise

Retail sales in Australia rose 2.3 per cent in November according to ABS data released Tuesday. 

NRA ‘not seeking favours’ over GST

The head of the National Retail Association – which in a surprise move joined the retail giants in their GST campaign this week – has gone to pains to point out to consumers retailers aren’t seeking special favours from the government.  The head of the National Retail Association – which in a surprise move joined the retail giants in their GST campaign this week – has gone to pains to point out to consumers retailers aren’t seeking special favours from the government. 

DJs ramps up brand war

David Jones is putting last year’s controversy behind it with an assertive marketing drive based on the addition of 30 new exclusive brands to its portfolio. 

The world is pink: inside Barbie

It sounds like a recipe for disaster: launching a brand based around an anatomically impossible tall blonde Caucasian doll in the middle of China’s richest city… 

Cafe chain may abandon flood-ruined outlets

Retail Food Group says it may have to abandon up to eight of its Queensland stores seriously damaged by flood waters. 

Borders’ future down to the wire

Borders US has delayed payments to landlords and suppliers as it struggles to secure finance to continue trading. 

Best Buy bombs in China

US big box electrical goods retailer Best Buy is to close its nine company-branded stores in China – the latest foreign casualty in the challenging Asian market. 

Carbon tax folly lacks foundation

As the dust settles from Julia Gillard’s carbon tax bombshell it’s becoming less and less clear how much impact the new tax will have on the economy and industry – including retailing. 

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