• Australian retailer Taking Shape begins UK assault

    Australian retailer Taking Shape begins UK assault


    Australian plus size retailer Taking Shape began its assault on the UK market this week with the opening of five stores as it aims to expand to 21 shops in the next five months.

  • Smiggle, the Australian stationery retailer, is set to launch in the UK this year after exapnding into Asia. Retail Week takes a look at what it is.

    Analysis: Australian stationery retailer Smiggle at a glance


    Smiggle, the Australian stationery retailer, is set to launch in the UK this year as part of an international expansion push after expanding into Asia. Retail Week takes a look at the business.

  • River Island plans to open stores in Australia

    The Australian retail market: What do retailers need to know?


    River Island is following fashion retail rivals and attempting to turn a profit Down Under.

  • River Island Australia

    Analysis: A snapshot of the Australian retail market


    River Island wants to open stores in Australia following the launch of a dedicated website for the country yesterday. Retail Week takes a look at the retail market Down Under.

  • River Island

    River Island prepares to open stores in Australia after dedicated website launch


    River Island is scouring Australia for stores and has launched a dedicated website in the country today.

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    Coles group calls for investigation into wholesale pricing


    Coles Group and Woolworths are unhappy with charges from multinational FMCG companies. The retailers claim Australian grocers are charged more than their international peers for the same products. Coles has called for an independent investigation into wholesale pricing stating that higher prices - supposedly justified by shipping distance, higher costs ...

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    Costco wins approval to construct first unit in Queensland


    The retailer plans a 150,000 sq ft store, including a petrol station, at North Lakes, north of Brisbane. Costco Australia managing director Patrick Noone said: “We are looking at two or three more sites already as a follow-on.” The new store could open in early 2014. At present Costco operates ...

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    Target appoints Stuart Machin as managing director


    Former Sainsbury’s and Asda director Stuart Machin has been appointed managing director of Australian department store group Target. Machin, who has been stores development and operations director at Australian grocer Coles since 2008, will replace Dene Rogers who has stepped down for personal reasons. Machin played a key ...

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    Department store operator Myer reports solid first-half


    Department store operator Myer’s first-half sales increased 1.7% to AUD1.73bn (£1.19bn) and 1.4% on a like-for-like basis. Net profit after tax edged up 0.7% to AUD87.9m (£60.4m). Myer chief executive Bernie Brookes said the business had delivered a solid first-half result, including a strong second quarter, which reflected a well-planned ...

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    Mothercare Australia launches deep discounts in a bid to avoid closure


    Troubled parent and baby specialist Mothercare Australia has launched a Sale at its branches, offering discounts of up to 40% as it tries to save itself from closure. The retailer, which entered administration in January, will run its Sale “in conjunction with the administrators’ continuing efforts in negotiating a ...