Retailers reject proposal for a new consumer sugar tax

The National Retail Association (NRA) opposes a number of the Health, Aged Care and Sport Standing Committee's recommendations on...

The National Retail Association (NRA) opposes a number of the Health, Aged Care and Sport Standing Committee's recommendations on diabetes in Australia, particularly the proposed sugar-sweetened beverages tax. NRA Health and Nutrition Committee Chair Dr Alan Barclay said that if implemented, the recommendations would hurt both retailers and consumers at the height...

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Retail growth stagnates as RBA refuses to budge on rate cuts 

Australian retailers are calling on the Reserve Bank to urgently cut interest rates as retail growth stagnates from low...

Australian retailers are calling on the Reserve Bank to urgently cut interest rates as retail growth stagnates from low spending and high cost-of-trading. Governor Michele Bullock held interest rates at 4.35 per cent this month, citing that inflation has fallen substantially since its peak in 2022. National Retail Association Director Rob...

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Statement from National Retail Association Interim CEO Lindsay Carroll

The Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association’s (SDA) latest bid to launch a Fair Work Commission (FWC) case to...

The Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association’s (SDA) latest bid to launch a Fair Work Commission (FWC) case to abolish junior rates for workers aged between 18 and 20 will risk pushing young people out of the retail labour market. The junior rates incentivise young entry-level workers, with little to...

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Retailers’ let down by wage decision amid historic trade slump

The National Retail Association (NRA) today expressed disappointment at the 3.75 per cent award wage increase handed down by...

The National Retail Association (NRA) today expressed disappointment at the 3.75 per cent award wage increase handed down by the Fair Work Commission, saying it will intensify pressure on struggling businesses, particularly small businesses. The NRA advocated for the Commission to exercise restraint, given the current growth rate in retail...

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April trade figures reveal unrelenting pressure on retailers

ABS April trade figures reveal the Federal Budget missed the opportunity to effectively address unrelenting pressures confronting retail owners. National...

ABS April trade figures reveal the Federal Budget missed the opportunity to effectively address unrelenting pressures confronting retail owners. National Retail Association Interim CEO Lindsay Carroll said April retail trade had gone backwards in real terms, given that the 0.1 per cent increase to sales can be tied to inflated...

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QLD: Joint effort to address knife violence

The National Retail Association has joined with the Queensland Police Minister to launch a new knife crime prevention campaign...

The National Retail Association has joined with the Queensland Police Minister to launch a new knife crime prevention campaign ‘End Knife Violence’ aligned to new laws restricting the sale of knives and other items. The new laws will come into effect 1 September this year, with retailers being encouraged to...

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Retailers back tough new penalties to combat assault on Victorian workers

The National Retail Association (NRA) has welcomed the Victorian Government’s move to implement tough new penalties for people who...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has welcomed the Victorian Government’s move to implement tough new penalties for people who assault retail workers. The new laws will bring Victoria into line with other state and territories on the issue with a Bill to Parliament to be introduced in 2025. NRA Director of...

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National Retail Association & Australian Retailers Association announce amalgamation plans

Retail peak bodies, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) and the National Retail Association (NRA) have announced a proposed amalgamation,...

Retail peak bodies, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) and the National Retail Association (NRA) have announced a proposed amalgamation, which will once approved by their respective members create a single unified body representing the $420 billion sector. The two not-for-profit organisations have signed a heads-of-agreement for the amalgamation proposal and...

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Retailers call for Federal Budget to support businesses amid rates pause

Australian retailers are calling on the Federal Government to support struggling businesses in the May Budget while rates remain...

Australian retailers are calling on the Federal Government to support struggling businesses in the May Budget while rates remain on hold. Governor Michele Bullock held interest rates at 4.35 per cent this month, citing moderating inflation and the CPI being down from 4.1 per cent to 3.6 per cent over the...

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March trade figures show retail in urgent need of Budget relief

The National Retail Association has called on the Federal Government to address the cost-of-trading crisis confronting Australian retail in...

The National Retail Association has called on the Federal Government to address the cost-of-trading crisis confronting Australian retail in its May Budget, after ABS March trade figures revealed a 0.4 per cent (seasonally adjusted) drop in sales. National Retail Association Deputy CEO Lindsay Carroll said any momentum gained by Taylor Swift’s...

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Retailers pursue affordable sustainability amid cost-of-trading crisis

Implementing sustainable practices entail significant upfront costs for businesses, and as retailers struggle through a cost-of-trading crisis, owners are looking...

Implementing sustainable practices entail significant upfront costs for businesses, and as retailers struggle through a cost-of-trading crisis, owners are looking for cost saving measures in their transition to a low carbon future. According to a recent Retail Sentiment Report released by the National Retail Association, only 16 per cent of businesses will...

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Government urged to tackle cost-of-trading in May Budget

Ballooning wages bills, energy costs and insurance premiums are driving a pessimistic outlook for Australia’s retail businesses, promoting calls...

Ballooning wages bills, energy costs and insurance premiums are driving a pessimistic outlook for Australia’s retail businesses, promoting calls for the Government to put the cost-of-trading on the Federal Budget agenda. The National Retail Association today released its 2024 Retail Sentiment Report, which has revealed deep concerns among business owners...

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Retailers call for urgent rate relief as inflation slows

Australian retailers are calling on the Reserve Bank to urgently cut interest rates as inflation slows and businesses struggle...

Australian retailers are calling on the Reserve Bank to urgently cut interest rates as inflation slows and businesses struggle with high cost-of-trading. Governor Michele Bullock held interest rates at 4.35 per cent this month, citing slowed economic growth and inflation holding steady at 3.4 per cent over the year to January. National Retail Association...

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Retail trade stagnates despite booming population

Latest trade figures reveal the uphill struggle retailers face in 2024 if consumer sentiment remains low and trade continues...

Latest trade figures reveal the uphill struggle retailers face in 2024 if consumer sentiment remains low and trade continues to slow, despite Australia’s population boom. Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today revealed spending in January rose 1.1 per cent following a stark drop of 2.1 per...

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Reserve Bank urged to show retailers some love

Australian retailers have welcomed the Reserve Bank’s decision to hold interests rates this month but have called for industry to...

Australian retailers have welcomed the Reserve Bank’s decision to hold interests rates this month but have called for industry to be shown some love after record-low Christmas sales. Governor Michele Bullock raised interest rates to 4.35 per cent just before the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales to put a squeeze on...

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The RBA’s decisions have put the lights out on festive spending.

Latest trade figures reveal the series of interest rate rises by the Reserve Bank have nipped Christmas sales in...

Latest trade figures reveal the series of interest rate rises by the Reserve Bank have nipped Christmas sales in the bud, risking the future of Australian retailers. Figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reveal spending in December grew by just 0.8 per cent compared with last...

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