All Australia articles – Page 9

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    Woolworths’ results slow on deflation


    Woolworths’ results slowed on deflation during its third quarter, growing 3.8% to AUS$14.1bn (£9.15bn). The retailers’ supermarket division experienced solid growth of 3.7% to AUS$12.2bn (£7.92bn), while the retailer’s non-food fascias had a mixed result. Consumer electronics fascia Dick Smith reported a 1.7% decline in sales to AUS$269m (£174.6m), although ...

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    Amazon eyes expansion of global distribution network


    Amazon is eyeing expansion of its global distribution network in Asia Pacific and is considering opening a local distribution centre in Australia.It is understood that company executives plan to visit Australia in the coming months to visit prospective sites. Opening a distribution centre in Australia would make sense for Amazon ...

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    Uniqlo stores to sweep China


    Clothing giant Fast Retailing has revealed that its Uniqlo International division plans to accelerate the pace of new store openings in Greater China from 32 stores in 2011 to 80 in 2012. The first Uniqlo shop is scheduled to launch in the Philippines in June this year and the retailer ...

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    Amazon seeks growth in Australia


    Amazon is taking steps towards growing in Australia with the creation of a data centre for its Amazon Web Services operation. The etail giant is also “actively assisting” domestic retailers in selling on, according to Australia’s Professional eBay and ecommerce Sellers Alliance (PeSA). PeSA Australia president Shaun O’Brien said ...

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    Harvey Norman reviews online trade expectations


    Electronics retailer Harvey Norman is lowering expectations of its online trade just months after launching its first mainstream consumer ecommerce website.The plan had been to generate 5% of sales online but chief executive Gerry Harvey said the company’s recent internet trading figures had not been impressive.The retailer now believes it ...

  • Martin Newman

    Australian retailers will bounce back


    Martin Newman has extensive e-commerce experience, having been involved in multichannel retailing for over 25 years. He is the founder and chief executive of Practicology.

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    Woolworths to accelerate restructure


    Woolworths is to accelerate the restructuring of its Dick Smith consumer electronics chain with a view to divesting the business. After conducting a strategic review of the operation the retailer said that electronics is better delivered through the Big W chain and its multichannel offer. Following further restructure, Dick Smith ...

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    Harvey Norman launches Irish website offshore


    Household and electronics goods retailer Harvey Norman has launched an Irish website offshore through which Australian consumers avoid paying the goods and service tax.Harvey Norman chairman Gerry Harvey has expressed his concerns about the rise of international online shopping and its effect on the Australian retail market. He conceded the ...

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    Woolworths outlines strategic priorities


    Woolworths chief executive Grant O’Brien outlined his strategic priorities at the AGM. He intend to “extend and defend leadership in food and liquor” by establishing a dominant position in fresh food in Australia; to maintain its track record of building new growth businesses; and “to put in place the enablers ...

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    Sales decrease for department store group Myer


    Department store group Myer’s first-quarter sales fell by more than 5.1% on a like-for-like basis in the first quarter ended October 29.The retailer’s sales for the period totalled AUD680m (£437.1m), down 3.5% on the comparable period last year. However, the retailer was pleased with the results as sales during the ...

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    Woolworths initiates strategic review of electronics business


    Woolworths has initiated a strategic review of its Dick Smith consumer electronics business. Woolworths said that the electronics sector has been undergoing challenges, particularly because of tightened consumer spending on discretionary products and because of the effects of the high Australian dollar.

  • Matthew Stych

    Woolworths marketing overhaul to drive growth


    The management of Woolworths in Australia has unveiled a raft of measures designed to drive growth and profitability in the face of a resurgent challenge to its supremacy, particularly in grocery retailing from arch-rival Coles.

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    Woolworths reports overall sales increase


    Woolworths’ overall sales for the first quarter of 2011 were up 4.9% to AUD14.6bn (£9.6bn). Net sales at its supermarket division including fuel grew 5.8% to AUD12.56bn (£8.27bn), bolstered by a 17% rise in revenue from fuel.Its Australian food and liquor sales increased 4.4% compared with the same period last ...

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    Aldi's views on new debit fees upheld


    Aldi has had its views on new debit fees upheld by the Australian Federal Court, it has been reported. The discounter went to court to stop banks and its rivals Coles and Woolworths from making what it says are misleading comments about the effects that new fees on the Eftpos ...

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    Pick n Pay to withdraw from Australian market


    South Africa-based grocer Pick n Pay is finally withdrawing from the Australian market. The news comes more than a year after the retailer’s original announcement in July 2010 that it was planning to sell its Franklins supermarket chain to Metcash to focus on growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. Metcash has notified ...

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    Joint venture between Woolworths and Lowe’s opens


    Woolworths and US DIY retailer Lowe’s have opened their first store in Melbourne, Australia. The joint venture is a 145,315 sq ft hardware warehouse, and is the result of three years of planning. The store represents Lowe’s first foray outside North America and is the first joint venture of this ...

  • Louise Howarth, retail analyst, Planet Retail

    DIY is the next frontier for Australia’s grocery giants


    Australia is a market that fared well during the economic recession thanks to its proximity and strong ties to Asia’s emerging markets.

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    Pick n Pay extends sale deadline by two months


    South African retailer Pick n Pay has extended the deadline for the sale of its supermarket banner Franklins to Australia’s third-largest grocer, Metcash, by two months.The sale has been opposed by the the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission due to concerns it would lessen competition in Franklins’ operating region.

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    Grocer Coles reports fourth quarter sales increase


    Grocer Coles reported fourth quarter sales of Aus$6.2bn (£413.6bn), up 5.2% like-for-like. Store development and operations director Stuart Machin said continued rises in the cost of living have made customers watch how they spend their money more closely. “Our lower prices and our ‘down down’ campaign has been well received ...

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    Grocery chain Woolworths posts sales increase


    Grocery chain Woolworths posted a 4.7% increase in net sales to AUD54.1bn (£36bn) for its financial year ended June 26.Excluding fuel, sales rose 4.1%.Food and alcohol sales increased 4.6% to AUD36.18bn (£24bn) or by 3% on a like-for-like basis.The company said that its price knockdown campaign contributed to this growth.In ...