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  • July 2020
    03-Jul-2020

    ABS May Retail Trade Figures Confirm Spending Spike with Eased Restrictions

    Paul Zahra, CEO of the Australian Retailers Association, said today that the ABS Retail Trade Figures for May confirmed expectations of a spending spike following the easing of restrictions, but warned the figures did not indicate the return to normal trading patterns. Mr Zahra said the ABS figures, showing a 16.9% boost in overall retail turnover fr...

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    03-Jul-2020

    ARA welcomes ACCC draft determination on collective leasing negotiation

    The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has welcomed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) draft determination proposing to grant authorisation to the ARA, on behalf of its members, to collective bargain and information share in relation to rent relief measures. The ACCC has proposed to grant authorisation until 1 ...

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    01-Jul-2020
    Media Release

    Fairer Merchant Fees Alliance welcomes strong Government and RBA support for Least Cost Routing

    The Fairer Merchant Fees Alliance has welcomed the Federal Government and Reserve Bank of Australia’s strong support for the rapid introduction of a fairer debit card fee system. At a time when COVID-19 has negatively impacted thousands of merchants across the country, the need for a system known as Least Cost Routing (LCR) has never been stronger....

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  • June 2020
    19-Jun-2020
    Media Release Trade figures

    ABS Preliminary Retail Trade Figures for May Bolstered by Post-Lockdown Spending

    The anticipated spike in trading in the latest ABS Preliminary Retail Trade Figures released today reflects suppressed consumer demand following the first month of returned trading after lockdowns, said Australian Retailers Association (ARA) CEO Mr Paul Zahra. The preliminary data released today shows a 16.3% lift in estimated retail turnover from Ap...

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