Part time flexibility application will reduce employment

An ACTU and COSBOA flexible part-time employment proposal for the General Retail Award is poorly drafted, will add more...

An ACTU and COSBOA flexible part-time employment proposal for the General Retail Award is poorly drafted, will add more red tape and risks exposing business operators, including small businesses, to costly disputes and the perils of ‘go away’ money. The joint Union/COSBOA application to vary the General Retail Award largely...

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Retailers support Victorian Plastics Policy

The National Retail Association (NRA) commends the Andrews’ Government for its announcement today outlining its plan to introduce a...

The National Retail Association (NRA) commends the Andrews’ Government for its announcement today outlining its plan to introduce a ban on single-use plastic straws, cutlery, stirrers and plates, as well as expanded polystyrene foodware. David Stout, Director of Policy with the National Retail Association said that retailers were supportive of...

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Promising start to 2021 for retail

Retail has made a promising start to 2021 according to the preliminary report for January released today by the...

Retail has made a promising start to 2021 according to the preliminary report for January released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Nationwide turnover rose by a solid 0.6 per cent for the month, while January spending rose by 10.7 per cent compared to January 2020. NRA CEO Dominique...

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Lockdown a crushing blow to VIC retailers

The National Retail Association (NRA) has declared the five-day lockdown announced today in Victoria to be a crushing blow...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has declared the five-day lockdown announced today in Victoria to be a crushing blow to the state’s retailers. VIC lockdown NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said that it’s unfortunate news after Victoria made record Christmas sales and retailers were just getting back up on their feet...

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December ABS retail results confirm 2020 the biggest Christmas on record

The December retail trade report released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has revealed that Christmas 2020 was...

The December retail trade report released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has revealed that Christmas 2020 was the biggest on record. Shoppers nationwide splurged over $55 billion throughout the Christmas trade period, which spans the second-half of November and all of December. NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said that pent...

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Retailers slam Question Time IR claims

The National Retail Association (NRA) has slammed false claims made regarding industrial relations in Question Time today. NRA CEO Dominique...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has slammed false claims made regarding industrial relations in Question Time today. NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said it was very disappointing to see numerous Federal Labor frontbenchers, including Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, blatantly misrepresent retailers in a bid to land a political blow against the...

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Retailers call for clarity and consistency on WA lockdown laws

The National Retail Association (NRA) has called on the Western Australian Government to provide clarity over business restrictions following...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has called on the Western Australian Government to provide clarity over business restrictions following the state yesterday being plunged into a five-day hard lockdown. Under the Directions announced yesterday, it is possible for a retailer to technically be able to open its doors for trade,...

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Strong growth for retail in December confirms bumper Christmas season

Strong year-on-year growth for Australian retail in December has confirmed reports from businesses on the ground that sales before...

Strong year-on-year growth for Australian retail in December has confirmed reports from businesses on the ground that sales before and after Christmas defied COVID close downs in some states. In its preliminary data for December, released today, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported growth of 9.4 per cent for the...

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November miracle for Australian retailers points to positive Christmas trade

Australian retailers enjoyed a pre-Christmas miracle in November, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics reporting a 13.3 per cent...

Australian retailers enjoyed a pre-Christmas miracle in November, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics reporting a 13.3 per cent increase in turnover compared with 12 months earlier. The ABS today released its final figures for November, announcing an increase from October of 7.1 per cent, seasonally adjusted. The strongest growth areas...

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Boxing Day shopping splurge to cap off festive season

The National Retail Association (NRA) is forecasting shoppers to splurge on Boxing Day purchases to cap off a successful...

The National Retail Association (NRA) is forecasting shoppers to splurge on Boxing Day purchases to cap off a successful festive season for one of Australia’s largest industries. Boxing Day is one of the signature events on the Australian retail calendar, with consumers descending on shopping centres in the hunt for...

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Retailers back the Morrison Government’s vital industrial relations reforms

The National Retail Association has welcomed proposed legislation by the Morrison Government to provide greater clarity on casual employment...

The National Retail Association has welcomed proposed legislation by the Morrison Government to provide greater clarity on casual employment laws and prevent job-destroying backpay claims. The Bill to be introduced before Federal Parliament this week seeks to provide greater clarity to both workers and employers regarding pay entitlements while also...

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Retail recovery on track with October sales spike

Australian retail is on a road to recovery after today’s Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) report for October revealed...

Australian retail is on a road to recovery after today’s Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) report for October revealed that nationwide turnover rose by 1.4 per cent. National Retail Association (NRA) Deputy CEO Lindsay Carroll said the ABS results would provide a boost in confidence to the sector as the...

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Retailers call last straw for single-use plastics

The National Retail Association (NRA) supports the re-introduction of legislation to ban single-use plastic items in Queensland, starting with straws, stirrers,...

The National Retail Association (NRA) supports the re-introduction of legislation to ban single-use plastic items in Queensland, starting with straws, stirrers, cutlery and plates.   The NRA commends the Queensland Government’s strong track record reducing the devastating impact of plastic waste and protecting our environment and marine life.   The NRA is proud to be active...

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16 major Queensland towns facing a four-day grocery drought at Christmas

Queenslanders in 16 major regional centres have been warned to brace for an unprecedented four-day closure, as a result...

Queenslanders in 16 major regional centres have been warned to brace for an unprecedented four-day closure, as a result of the state’s antiquated trading hours laws.  Because of how the gazetted public holidays fall in 2020, major stores in regional areas will be forced to shut their doors at 6pm...

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Retailers baffled by job-crushing junior wage decision

The National Retail Association has today expressed its dismay at a job-crushing decision by the Fair Work Commission to...

The National Retail Association has today expressed its dismay at a job-crushing decision by the Fair Work Commission to increase the cost of providing work opportunities to young people. Junior pay rates At a time when the Federal Government has implemented multi-billion budget measures to encourage business owners to hire...

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Four-day bargain shopping bonanza to reap over $5 billion

The Black Friday to Cyber Monday four-day shopping bonanza is set to reap more than $5 billion in retail...

The Black Friday to Cyber Monday four-day shopping bonanza is set to reap more than $5 billion in retail sales nationwide. National Retail Association (NRA) CEO Dominique Lamb said the four-day spendathon was growing in popularity each year, with $5.3 billion forecast to be spent between November 27-30 including $1.8...

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