Easter and ANZAC Day public holidays and trading hours

The NRA has compiled a fact sheet on the public holidays and trading hour restrictions for each State and Territory over this year’s Easter and ANZAC Day period. Are you aware of what public holiday entitlements apply to your employees? Are your employees obligated to work on public holidays? Do you know what you must pay […]

Australian Geographic saved from closure

Iconic retail chain Australian Geographic has been saved from closure. All 67 adventure stores were likely to close by March 2017 after experiencing difficult trading conditions and strong competition from online retailers. Melbourne’s Myer family, which founded the department store of the same name have owned the chain since 2007 but had reportedly “given up” […]

Sales forecast downgraded for Hardware

The National Retail Association has revised its sales forecast for the hardware, building and garden supplies category to 6.7 per cent, with projections suggesting soft trading conditions across the final quarter of 2015/16. It is now expected that the category will generate total actual sales of $18.19 billion for the current financial year. To download […]

Message from the CEO: 11 March 2016

This week, we’ve seen suggestions in the media that recent high-profile collapses like Dick Smith, Masters and Laura Ashley signal that the retail industry is entering a period of ‘doom and gloom’. Negative commentary never helps consumer confidence and retail spending. The National Retail Association has been working hard to point out that retail is […]