ARA warns December figures will likely be impacted by bushfires.
Retail businesses need one industry body to speak for them on crucial issues.
But consumer sentiment has fallen on weak wage growth, housing prices.
Retailers failing at a rate 1.5 times higher than the overall business sector.
If brands can tackle the barriers to customisation then it could have a future.
Artificial intelligence comes to rescue the bricks-and-mortar store.