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February retail sales record 6.4% year-on-year growth

Retail sales have recorded 6.4% year-on-year growth in February 2023 – bolstered by cafes, restaurants and takeaway, and food categories.

According to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), shoppers spent more than $35 billion across the country in February.

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Small business, sustainability and inclusion at the heart of  ARA-American Express principal partnership 

Australia’s peak retail body, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA), is proud to announce an inaugural principal partnership with American Express to support the reinvigoration of the small business and retail sectors.  

A leader in payments and the founder of the national Shop Small movement, American Express has extensive experience backing the retail sector.    

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January retail sales increase 7.5% year-on-year

Retail sales experienced solid year-on-year growth in January 2023 – an increase of 7.5% on the same time the previous year – according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Shoppers celebrated the New Year in their stride, spending more than $35 billion across the country. There were significant year-on-year sales increases for cafes, restaurants and takeaway (up 26.3%), department stores (up 16.6 %) and clothing, footwear and accessories (up 17.5%).

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ARA applauds leadership and teamwork in RedCycle solution

Australia’s peak retail body, the Australian Retailers Association, has applauded the leadership and collaboration demonstrated by Woolworths and Coles, aiming to save thousands of tonnes of recyclable material from landfill. 

 ARA CEO Paul Zahra said the plan by the supermarket giants is a commendable move to help ensure environmental preservation.  

 “We applaud ARA Members Coles and Woolworths who have gone above and beyond, taking steps to intervene in providing a solution,” he said. 

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