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Retail sales surge 9.4 per cent – but good times ‘could be short lived’

NRA CEO warns that yesterday’s interest-rate rise and looming increases in superannuation and award wages may spoil the ...

Sharp improvement in retail sales as Omicron impact wanes

Fresh data shows a 4.9-per-cent year-on-year increase in retail sales in January and a 14.4-per-cent rise on pre-pandemi...

December retail sales mark solid end for Covid-impacted year

ARA CEO Paul Zahra said the robust Christmas results provide a lifeline for struggling retailers, but all signs point to...

ARA: Aussies tipped to spend $5.4 billion over Cyber weekend

Zahra has previously said this Christmas period could be make-or-break for many retailers

Australia Post invests in South Australia ahead of Christmas rush

Australia Post has opened its first dedicated parcel facility in South Australia in a bid to improve its business in the...

Retailers face uneven road to Christmas

With certain states opening before others, retailers will have different chances for success in the lead up to the holid...

Andrew Banks shares new ways to solve Australian retail’s skills shortage

Australia's retail industry is facing a skills shortage, due to continuous lockdowns, a lack of job security and the abs...

Retailers once again seeking clarity as ACT enters lockdown

Only 'essential' businesses can operate through click-and-collect in the ACT, but the Government has done little to defi...
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$24m investment into recycling to help retailers hit sustainability targets

ARA boss Paul Zahra said the scheme will provide retailers with more options to recycle, and will go a long way to help ...

Snap lockdowns weighing on ‘battle-weary’ retailers, public

Retailers are urging customers to get vaccinated and follow health advice amid rising shopper aggression.

Retail industry calls for JobKeeper, Frydenberg resists

"While well intentioned, the current arrangements are grossly inadequate."

Sydney tightens lockdown as Australia’s Covid-19 cases rise

Finally, clarity from the NSW state government on what types of retailer can remain open during extended lockdown from m...

NSW announces business support measures amid lockdown

Australian Retailers Association boss Paul Zahra welcomed the package, but said more would need to be done if the lockdo...

Stable retail sales data belies plight of small businesses, says ARA chief

ARA CEO Paul Zahra said concerns remain over how small retailers will cope with the ongoing Covid crisis.

ARA disappointed, concerned with continued Melbourne retail shutdown

Lack of guidelines for a potential reopening could lead to "hazardous" Christmas period.
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ACCC rules retailers can collectively bargain for rent relief

ACCC grants NRA and ARA members the ability to share information for rent negotiations.
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Retail appointments

ARA names new CEO; Best Buy chairman steps down; Pandora resructure sees APAC boss depart.

ARA calls for 24 hour supermarket deliveries to keep shelves stocked

Australian retailers are calling on state governments to temporarily lift curfews on supermarket deliveries.

Aussies to spend $54,000 a minute online this Christmas: NRA

Total online spend set to reach $3.6 billion this year, says NRA.

“New phase for the retail industry”: Major changes at the ARA

Russell Zimmerman to depart, as major retailers join industry association.