Eli Greenblat

Eli Greenblat

Eli Greenblat is a business reporter covering the retail and beverage sectors.


Australian wine sales hit hard by Chinese austerity drive

Eli Greenblat Australian winemakers might have to wait until 2015 to see a return to growth in China after Pernod Ricard warned that beverage sales were flat since the crackdown on luxury gift giving.

Consumer goods

Patties Food hires new CEO

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Eli Greenblat Struggling pie and frozen desserts maker Patties Foods has chosen a 20 year veteran of the fast moving consumer goods sector to lead the company as it faces flat earnings this year and continued...


Australian retailers get serious about online shopping

Myers and David Jones store front signs in Bourke St Mall. Photo by James Boddington. Fairfax Media Business/News. Friday January 31 2014

Eli Greenblat Australian retailers are rushing to play catch-up on the internet.


Doubts on DJs merger as Myer's profits slide

Bernie Brookes, chief executive officer of Myer Holdings Ltd.

Eli Greenblat Myer boss Bernie Brookes says the nation's biggest department store isn't desperate to clinch a $3.2 billion merger with arch rival David Jones.


Myer merger back on table for David Jones

Eli Greenblat Newly appointed David Jones chairman Gordon Cairns has wasted little time in stamping his mark, appointing an adviser to help guide its reaction to the $3.


Ahmed Fahour offloads large Rip Curl stake in $2.99m sale

Eli Greenblat Australia Post boss Ahmed Fahour has cashed in the majority of his shares in privately owned surfwear retailer Rip Curl less than two months after stepping down as chairman.


Major David Jones shareholder hits out over Myer merger advisers

David Jones.

Eli Greenblat Newly appointed David Jones chairman Gordon Cairns has appointed an adviser to guide its reaction to the Myer merger proposal and drawn immediate fire from one of the company's major shareholders.


Swedish cider makers aiming for top of the tree

Portrait of Anders Nanne on left and Henrik Dunge, founders of the drink company 'Rekorderlig' in the Sofitel, Sydney. 14th March 2014. Photo by Tamara Dean

Eli Greenblat Swedish entrepreneurs behind Rekorderlig expect it to become country's biggest cider on the back of new Australian partnership with Coca-Cola Amatil.


Homewares giant Williams-Sonoma joins rush to Australian retail

A Willams-Sonoma retail store stands in Corte Madera,

Eli Greenblat US homewares giant Williams-Sonoma has unveiled ambitious growth plans in Australia.


Labor blamed for productivity hit

Leigh Clifford.

Eli Greenblat Qantas chairman blames the re-regulation of the labour market for sending productivity backwards.


Reject Shop denies plot to drive CEO Chris Bryce out after profit slide

Eli Greenblat Rumours pointed to investor anger at the recent performance, including its first-half profit dive.


Weaker dollar won't save us, says Qantas chairman Leigh Clifford

Leigh Clifford, Qantas Chairman in his Melbourne office. Friday 7th March 2014. Photo by Jesse Marlow.

Eli Greenblat Qantas chairman and former Rio Tinto boss Leigh Clifford has warned the weaker Australian dollar is not a cure to fixing the nation's competitive edge.


Woolworths to create thousands of jobs


Eli Greenblat Supermarket giant Woolworths has promised a jobs bonanza next year in the face of a series of manufacturing closures this year that has seen thousands put out of work, and will open 108 new stores in...


The Reject Shop chief Chris Bryce in surprise exit

Chris Bryce

Eli Greenblat Discount retailer The Reject Shop has announced the shock departure of its long serving chief executive Chris Bryce who has resigned and will leave the retailer at the end of the current financial...


New David Jones chairman urges CEO Paul Zahra to stay


Eli Greenblat and Elizabeth Knight New chairman Gordon Cairns wants department store's CEO to take back resignation.

Gordon Cairns named David Jones chairman, Paul Zahra announcement 'in very near future'

David Jones.

Eli Greenblat and Elizabeth Knight Upmarket retailer David Jones has named former Westpac director Gordon Cairns as its new chairman as the retailer tries to rebuild its board after the resignation of its former chairman and two...


Billabong facing class action over misconduct claims

Merchandise is displayed for sale inside a?Billabong?International Ltd. retail store.

Eli Greenblat A three-year corporate soap opera featuring dumped CEOs just got worse for Billabong.


Investors have little to smile about as Funtastic cuts Madman film unit


Eli Greenblat Funtastic will pay a hefty price for severing itself from its struggling film distribution unit Madman, booking as much as a $28 million impairment charge on the sale that will plunge the wholesaler...


'Click and collect' boost Australian online retailers

Online shopping

Eli Greenblat Shoppers have embraced the concept of buying online and collecting their purchases from a store.


Plain packaging making 'no impact' on Australian smokers, say tobacco chiefs


Eli Greenblat The bosses of the world's second biggest tobacco company, British American Tobacco, have boasted to investors that the introduction of plain packaging in Australia last year hadn't stopped smokers...