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Aussie retailers prepare for international onslaught

The apparel retail category is going through a major shakeup as Australian retail chains look to sharpen their defences against overseas entrants to the market, including online vendors. Fashion sales have been sluggish for an extended period, closing the doors of an increasing number of independent retailers on high streets, but also pinching major chains. As the challenging retail conditions persist, an inevitable shakeout and consolidation in the category has been underway for some time, as r