Category Archives: Retail trade

Deloitte highlights trade tensions with China and lower commodity prices as risks to Qld recovery

According to today’s Courier-Mail, Deloitte’s new Business Outlook report highlights the risks to Queensland’s economic recovery from lower commodity prices and trade tensions with China affecting our commodity, tourism, and education exports. Deloitte also rightly mentions the risk to the … Continue reading

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Retail rebound in Australia – latest video

My latest video is about the retail rebound revealed by the May Retail Trade data published by the ABS yesterday (Retail turnover rises 16.9 per cent in May). You may also be interested in the Queensland Treasury Retail Trade brief … Continue reading

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Gig economy & side hustle business numbers growing strongly

There has been strong growth in the number of gig economy and side hustle businesses in Queensland, according to ABS business counts data published last Thursday (see chart below). Topping the list of industries (at the 4-digit ANZSIC level) by … Continue reading

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Let’s have Brisbane Festival retail trading hours all year round

Accustomed as I am to Queensland’s over-regulated economy, I was surprised the other week when shopping at the Spring Hill Woolworths to find out it has extended trading hours during the current Brisbane Festival season, which culminates in the River … Continue reading

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Retail apocalypse maybe, but no apocalypse in health & education

The so-called Retail Apocalypse is prompting a lot of people to think about how shopping malls and high streets can adjust to the shift toward e-commerce and away from bricks-and-mortar stores. The global head of property for AMP Capital Carmel … Continue reading

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Retail Therapy – recommended reading

I’ve recently discovered that what Nespresso does at its Queen St Mall Boutique, where it offers free cups of coffee to customers in a cafe-style setting, is “Brand Theatre”. I figured this out after reading Retail Therapy, a recently published … Continue reading

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Upcoming QMCA breakfast presentation on the Qld economic outlook for 2019

On Friday 8 February, I will present on Queensland’s economic outlook at the Queensland Major Contractors Association’s first breakfast event for 2019. With all the uncertainty in the global economy, it’s been a very interesting holiday period, and I’ll include … Continue reading

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Daylight saving in Qld would be welcomed by hospitality sector

Tomorrow, daylight saving commences in southern states, and Queensland businesses will again experience the inconvenience of being out of sync with customers, clients, suppliers, and partners in southern states. In his latest QEAS blog post, my colleague Nick Behrens has … Continue reading

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Retail turmoil disproportionately affects young people

The recent collapse of Australian luxury retailer Oroton reminds us of the ongoing disruption to the retail sector caused primarily by online shopping, which incidentally is about to receive a massive boost in Australia. We have recently seen the establishment … Continue reading

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Health care business numbers up 17%, while retail, mining & farm business counts fall 8-9% over 2012 to 2016

The structural change the Australian economy has experienced in recent years, including the decline in manufacturing and the decline of small retailers, at the same time as health care and other service sectors are booming, reveals itself in the latest … Continue reading

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