Retail Voice CEO Message: 17 August 2022

Father’s Day is less than three weeks away – the last gift-giving event before Christmas – and our forecasts with Roy Morgan show Australians will spend $735 million on presents this year. The projections are down 7.7% on last year, which is understandable given the current economic environment. 42% of those surveyed said the current cost of living challenges will impact how much they’ll spend.

While retail sales remain strong, the concern is that with inflation yet to peak and more interest rate rises on the way, consumers will be squeezed when it comes to their discretionary purchases.

The ARA has taken an important step on its reconciliation journey, launching our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which outlines the initiatives we’ll deliver to increase opportunities for First Nations businesses, entrepreneurs and job seekers. The launch of the RAP also coincides with our support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart and for the Prime Minister’s planned referendum to establish a First Nations’ Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution.



MST Marquee – The impact of migration on retail

Retail businesses setting budgets and forecasting are understandably finding it difficult to navigate the uncertain economic conditions. Our research can help educate retailers about industry profitability benchmarks, wage growth and inventory levels, so that businesses can better prepare for the future.

Now more than ever

If business, and retail especially, must reflect the zeitgeist in order to remain relevant, then in this unique inflection point in history, the rights of Indigenous people must be incorporated

Retail Voice CEO Message: 8 May 2024

Achieving a unified voice for retail has been a compelling focus for our industry for many years. It is in the spirit of this endeavour that we are delighted to

Retail Voice CEO Message: 1 May 2024

Yesterday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released retail trade data for March, with a modest increase of just 0.8% compared to the same month last year, despite being bolstered by