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New push to impose the GST on online purchases

LATIKA BOURKE 7:06pm Shopping online? It might soon cost you 10% more if the Abbott Government gets its way.

Retailers prepare for Boxing Day madness in Canberra

David Jones Civic store manager Alisha Guy and visual merchandise manager Peita Lee are gearing up for their annual Boxing Day sale.

HENRY BELOT 11:45pm Retailers are hoping for Boxing Day bonanzas to counter miserable sales figures throughout the ACT.

ACT retailers face worst growth prediction in Australia despite Boxing Day hopes


HENRY BELOT 11:45pm Retailers across the ACT are hoping Canberrans spend big at Boxing Day sales to counter the worst retail growth prediction in Australia thanks to low consumer confidence.


Beacon lighting up the ASX; shares up 32pc since April listing

Beacon Lighting chairman Ian Robinson.

Vanessa Desloires Glen Robinson knows about patience after helping bring the family business to the public sphere and launching one of the most successful floats of 2014.

'Tis the season to buy seafood: Christmas shoppers throng to market


DEBORAH GOUGH Christmas might be traditionally known as a time of peace but for Melbourne shoppers it's prawns at 20 paces.


MissChu founder vows a comeback

Nahji Chu, owner of MissChu tuckshops, which have been placed in administration.

Su-Lin Tan Collapsed Vietnamese tuckshop founder and the business’s namesake Nahji Chu is gutted but vows to return to the helm.

Last-minute Christmas shoppers crowd Highpoint

Christmas shoppers at Highpoint

LIAM MANNIX Is the real secret of Christmas that it's actually about buying things? Maybe.


Vietnamese restaurant MissChu calls in administrators

MissChu is in administration

Su-Lin Tan Popular Vietnamese tuckshop business, MissChu, has gone into voluntary administration and will retrench at least a third of its staff in Sydney.


Consumers reluctant to spend despite Christmas retail lift

Christmas shopping

Su-Lin Tan While retail sales in early December were up, consumers are anxious about spending.


Kathmandu shares take a 20 per cent drop following profit warning

Kathmandu shares fell following its disappointing Christmas sales.

STEPHEN CAUCHI Shares in outdoor equipment retailer Kathmandu have plunged 20 per cent after poor Christmas sales forced the company to issue a profit warning.


Slow economy puts brakes on online retail


STEPHEN CAUCHI Shares in outdoor equipment retailer Kathmandu have plunged 20 per cent after poor Christmas sales forced the company to issue a profit warning.


Jones the Grocer debt $4.5m as shareholders speak out

John Manos and Esther Iachelini in 2012, at Jones the Grocer in Woollahra.

MADELEINE HEFFERNAN The shareholder dispute blamed for the collapse of upmarket food chain Jones the Grocer has led to spin doctors and lawyers at 10 paces.


Chips are up for Frito-Lay as profit rises to $54 million

The maker of Twisties has posted a big profit jump.

Simon Evans The company behind snack food brands including Twisties, Smith’s potato chips, Burger Rings, Nobbys nuts and Sakata rice crackers, has boosted profit by 47 per cent.


Fisher & Paykel's fine print, too fine, leads to $200,000 fine

Fisher and Paykel has been slapped with a $200,000 fine.

STEPHEN CAUCHI Whitegoods and appliance company Fisher & Paykel has been fined $200,000 for telling customers they needed to buy an extended warranty to protect their product against repair costs, while putting the truth in fine print.


Lifting the lid on Aldi

Aldi logo

MADELEINE HEFFERNAN How big can Aldi get in Australia? And how much secrecy is too much?


Sephora in damage control over broken Australian price promise


ADELE FERGUSON International cosmetics giant Sephora has gone into damage control amid a customer backlash over revelations it is flouting promises that it would not engage in price gouging.

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Sephora not living up to promises on price

Sephora store in Sydney.

ADELE FERGUSON Global cosmetics giant Sephora claimed its arrival marked the end of price gouging in Australia, but it's not living up to its promises of lower prices in Australia.

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Woolworths: Cheap cheap, or bully bully?


MARK HAWTHORNE It seems that in how Woolworths and Coles treat suppliers, the two supermarket giants share even more similarities.


Woolworths' Christmas threat to suppliers

Aldi could double its sales and challenge the might of Coles and Woolworths according to a recent study by investment bank UBS.

MARK HAWTHORNE Woolworths has told some suppliers it could decide to pull their products from shelves just days before Christmas if they refuse to cut prices and fund the supermarket giant's new Cheap Cheap advertising campaign.


Flight Centre shares slump 10 per cent following profit warning

Flight Centre

MATT O'SULLIVAN Flight Centre has warned that earnings could fall as much as 4 per cent this financial year as weak consumer sentiment in Australia forces it to discount ticket prices in order to stimulate demand.


ACCC examines Woolies supplier bullying claims

Shelving impulses: Keep track of what you spend with an app.

Mark Hawthorne and Madeleine Heffernan Woolworths staff are squeezing a further $70 million from suppliers by the end of the year, as the company scrambles to meet profit guidance and avoid its first downgrade in almost 16 years.


Woolworths accused of bullying suppliers into paying millions for Cheap Cheap campaign

MARK HAWTHORNE The competition watchdog is examining claims that supermarket giant Woolworths is pressuring suppliers to pay millions of dollars by the end of December or face possible retribution, including exclusion from prime shelf space.


Coles to maintain aggressive pricing after ACCC settlement


Sue Mitchell Supermarket chain Coles has no plans to ease up on discounting after admitting its treatment of more than a dozen grocery suppliers was ''unacceptable''.

Accused Myer conman Andrew Flanagan had a history of faking it, court told

Jeff Flanagan

ADAM COOPER The man who left Myer on his first day as an executive on the back of allegedly false credentials, also faked his work history to gain high-ranking positions at four other organisations, a court has heard.

Food store Jones the Grocer goes bust

John Manos and Esther Iachelini in 2012, out the front of Jones the Grocer in Woollahra.

MADELEINE HEFFERNAN Upmarket food chain Jones the Grocer has gone bust due to "issues with management", but will continue to trade as it is restructured.

Contrite Coles will pay $10m in penalties after mistreating suppliers

Penalty: Coles accused of heavily fining suppliers for late or short deliveries.

MADELEINE HEFFERNAN Coles has agreed to pay $10 million in penalties after admitting to unconscionably treating eight suppliers.


Sydney siege casts pall over Christmas shopping

Police have sealed off part of the Sydney CBD.

Sue Mitchell and Carolyn Cummins Retailers fear the siege in Sydney could further dampen already subdued consumer sentiment in the countdown to Christmas.


Coles to refund suppliers as it settles cases with ACCC

The competition regulator took legal action against Coles alleging it demanded money from suppliers to shore up its profit on some products.

Sue Mitchell and Madeleine Heffernan Supermarket chain Coles is facing penalties of $10 million and has offered to refund certain payments to suppliers after admitting that it engaged in unconscionable conduct.

H&M's 'I only got ice for you' singlet not about drugs, retailer claims

The shirt in question.

JASON DOWLING It was not about drugs and all about diamonds - that's the explanation from retail giant H&M over its singlet top promoting "ice".

Encouraging drug use?

H&M 'only got ice for you' shirt hits shelves

The shirt in question.

JASON DOWLING Large Swedish fashion retailer H&M is selling a singlet top aimed at a young audience that would appear to encourage the use of the destructive drug ice.

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