Summer looms and you need new sunglasses. These are the key trends.
Madeleine Heffernan and Simon Johanson A week after the fast-food chain's collapse, administrators start closing stores in Victoria and NSW.
MADELEINE HEFFERNAN From overseas expansion to out of luck: how a high-flying Australian pie business fell to earth.
Sue Mitchell Woolworths has reversed a near three-week share-price slide by reassuring shareholders it would hit its profit-growth targets this year and countering fears the Australian grocery market faces a margin-crunching price war.
Tamara Best Mobile businesses have been on the rise in the US and elsewhere as aspiring entrepreneurs sought ways to run businesses for less money in a jittery economy.
Sue Mitchell Woolworths directors are steeling themselves for a fiery annual meeting on Thursday when shareholders are expected to grill the retailer over a 14 per cent fall in its shares, mounting losses at Masters and slowing sales growth in food and liquor.
MADELEINE HEFFERNAN Hamish Turner calls time at the Australian bootwear and clothing company after 14 years, to be replaced by the managing director of Levi Strauss & Co.
MADELEINE HEFFERNAN Former franchisees of Pie Face are calling on the competition regulator to revive its probe into the collapsed fast-food chain, amid claims more stores are set to close and a vast majority are unprofitable.
LEANNE NICHOLSON American wholesale warehouse giant Costco has confirmed it is the next multinational setting its sights on Perth to take advantage of the growing West Australian membership base travelling across the country to shop at the super stores.
MADELEINE HEFFERNAN German discount retailer Aldi has dismissed speculation it would expand to New Zealand.
MADELEINE HEFFERNAN The money raised by the furniture and whitegoods retailer will pay for a special dividend.
Retailer Harvey Norman is tapping investors for $120.7 million in a capital raising.
MADELEINE HEFFERNAN One-time pizza delivery driver turned chief executive capitalises on skyrocketing share price by selling $2.2 million worth of shares.
Sue Mitchell Pie Face, one of the first Australian fast-food chains to expand overseas, has gone into voluntary administration, leaving dozens of high-profile, wealthy investors and scores of franchisees pondering the company's future.
Retailers are rubbing their hands with glee as Christmas approaches, with Australians expected to blow more than $30 billion this festive season.
ADELE FERGUSON With its hardware business Masters struggling, Woolworths has got some serious soul-searching to do.
EMMA KELLY Stores throughout Canberra are expecting solid sales during the next month as shoppers start ticking off Christmas-list items, despite dampened consumer confidence.
Mark Hawthorne, Senior Editor The growth of private label products on the supermarket shelves is affecting suppliers, who are suffering as Coles and Woolworths push into new markets.
Mark Hawthorne, Senior Editor Australians are spending 10 per cent of the nation's annual grocery bill on tobacco products, and one in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to confidential industry data.
Lucy Cormack and Yolanda Redrup Retailers are preparing for the busiest time of year, the Christmas trading period, and if the string of recent annual general meetings is anything to go by, most have been emboldened by the Christmas cheer.
Shares in retailer Kathmandu have slumped more than five per cent after it warned half year profit would fall despite strong sales growth.
Yolanda Redrup Billabong executives have warned shareholders not to expect radical improvements overnight, but said they were confident the brand had entered a turnaround phase.
MADELEINE HEFFERNAN Myer chairman Paul McClintock has expressed surprise and disappointment about the retailer's weak share price, saying the board had a "clear sense of urgency" as it did "all that can be done" to boost momentum.
Sue Mitchell Losses have widened at Woolworths’ home improvement joint venture with US retailer Lowe’s despite their attempts to cut costs, boost sales and put a brake on new stores.
CAROLYN CUMMINS The upmarket cosmetics store will soon usher in customers in Pitt Street Mall.
MADELEINE HEFFERNAN The competition regulator has cleared a takeover by retail giant Wesfarmers of Pacific Brand's workplace clothing business.
MADELEINE HEFFERNAN The estimated 40,000 households and businesses that have had faulty cable installed are being urged to have it inspected quickly to avoid the risk of short circuits, electric shock and fires.
CAROLYN CUMMINS With its swag of new international stores Sydney's Pitt Street Mall has regained its spot among the top 5 most expensive locations, according to a global study.
MADELEINE HEFFERNAN Wesfarmers, one of Australia's biggest companies, has flagged continued strong results and described its relationship with suppliers as "much improved and generally very good".
Sue Mitchell Australian National Retailers Association chairman Grant O'Brien fears there has been too little consideration of the consequences of introducing an effects test.
MADELEINE HEFFERNAN The footwear brands owner has signalled the company is profitable and cash flow positive.