Category Archives: Retail trade

Qld retail inquiry – industry demands greater consumer choice and removal of inconsistencies

The Queensland Parliament’s Education, Employment and Training Committee is undertaking an inquiry into retail trading hours which could lead to improved consumer choice and reduced inconsistencies, but will probably end up recommending minimal changes, I fear. Hopefully, it will at … Continue reading

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Lockdowns reduce retail trade 14-17% in NSW and ACT compared with pre-lockdown levels

Thankfully, and better late than never, the upcoming NRL Grand Final has forced the Queensland Government to recognise the large economic costs associated with lockdowns, and it has decided not to panic this time, and surprisingly it has not yet … Continue reading

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Online retail falling away from 2020 highs

The big news on the Australian sharemarket yesterday was the 14% drop in the Kogan share price after a market update revealed a drop in earnings for the online retailer (see chart below). This probably should not have been such … Continue reading

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Unpacking the retail goods spending spree in 2020

Today’s Sunday Mail includes a good article by Jane Armitstead on The best-selling lockdown products we had to have: When the global pandemic hit, Queenslanders turned their focus to their homes and gardens with a boom in DIY projects. Homewares … Continue reading

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Big test ahead for economy & will we regret all the lockdowns?

The latest retail trade figures from the ABS illustrate the challenge the Australian economy faces over the next few months with JobKeeper and the JobSeeker Coronavirus Supplement ending soon. Household disposable incomes have been boosted by all the generous assistance … Continue reading

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Qld artisan liquor and craft beer bill could be much more ambitious

Regular QEW reader Andrew Aschman has alerted me to a current Queensland Parliamentary Inquiry into a bill which, among other things, would make it easier for artisan distillers and craft brewers to sell their products on or off their premises … Continue reading

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Retail is Detail with Bruno Cortigiani of Merlai – my latest podcast episode

Although stimulus payments have helped Australia’s retail sector to a strong recovery in late 2020, the longer-term trend has not been great, and there have been concerns about a so-called Retail Apocalypse in Australia and other advanced economies. To thrive … Continue reading

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Lockdown reading – Bezonomics

One company that has done very well out of COVID is Amazon (see share price chart below). The wealth of its founder Jeff Bezos soared, and he has seemed untouchable as the richest man in the world, although he has … Continue reading

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How many Australians coped with COVID stress: alcohol

Watching Catherine McGregor chatting with psychologist Dr Tanveer Ahmed on Sky Australia (People will have to ‘rethink’ New Year goals as a result of COVID-19 uncertainty), I remembered that many of my friends have been coping with COVID-related stress by … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve post-6pm public holiday should have been repealed in this year of COVID

A prominent Brisbane man about town and long-time QEW reader has reminded me that last year I posted on the ridiculous Christmas Eve half-day public holiday, and he said that it was particularly costly in this year of COVID. Here’s … Continue reading

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