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Australian clothes 'ill-fitting', claims apparel sizing guru Ed Gribbin

Rachel Wells Australian clothing brands offer some of the poorest fits in the world, a leading sizing expert says.

Melbourne couple Misha Hollenbach and Shauna Toohey stamp their label on world stage

Rachel Wells When the director of London's Tate Modern museum visited Australia last year, he described Melbourne label Perks and Mini as 'one of the strongest fashion designers in the world right now'.

Local retailers feel the heat from international invasion

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Rachel Wells After decades spent selling their over-priced clothes in relative isolation, Australian retailers have suddenly found themselves in the midst of an international fashion invasion.

Click Frenzy passes the million mark

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Rachel Wells More than half a million shoppers have jumped on the Click Frenzy website in the first 12 hours of the 24-hour online shopping bonanza.

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Click Frenzy pulls in shoppers

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Sarah Whyte, Rachel Wells The online shopping bonanza Click Frenzy is under way for a second year, but not without a few glitches.

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Retailers bank on glitch-free Click Frenzy

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Rachel Wells It was supposed to be Australia's answer to Cyber Monday - America's online shopping phenomenon which last year saw close to 130 million shoppers spend more than $US1 billion on online bargains.

Dolly and Cleo merger reflects magazines' failure to follow teen readers online

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Rachel Wells ''Is there a simple way to improve my bust measurement ... Nature hasn't been very kind to me,'' a reader asks one of Australia's most famous magazine columnists in the first issue of Dolly magazine.

Women rising up as breadwinners of today’s modern family

Melissa Seto and Philip Carr with their daughters Sophia, 5, and Isabella, 3.

Rachel Wells, Lara O’Toole More Australian women are bringing home the lion’s share of the household income with females nominated as the breadwinner in one in four Australian households.

Women bringing home the bacon in more households

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Rachel Wells, Lucy Carroll More Australian women are bringing home the lion's share of the household income, and are nominated as the main breadwinner in one in four Australian households.

Supermarkets charge more to buy online

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Rachel Wells Australia's major supermarkets are charging consumers significantly more for purchasing groceries online.

Experts slam Coca-Cola's obesity 'weight-wash'

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Rachel Wells Public health experts have labelled Coca-Cola's new campaign to help combat obesity a "smokescreen".

It's click and easy for clothes to maketh the man

Rachel Wells A new breed of online fashion retailers are enticing consumers to spend up by making shopping easier than ever.

Smokers cost employers $3000 a year each

Smokers in the Sydney CBD. 21st February 2012. Photo by Tamara Dean

Rachel Wells Workers who smoke cost their employers more than $3000 a year each, a study has found.

Groceries may get health star ratings

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Rachel Wells Groceries could soon carry a health star-rating label similar to the energy efficiency ratings that feature on fridges and washing machines, if state and federal ministers agree on the proposal at...

Swisse ads did mislead as complaint is upheld again

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Julia Medew and Rachel Wells A new assessment of Swisse vitamins advertisements has again found the company misled consumers about what its products can do with insufficient evidence to prove it.

Gastro outbreak fears for Melbourne, Sydney

Rachel Wells There are fears a gastroenteritis outbreak caused by contaminated oysters in Tasmania over the Easter weekend has spread interstate.

Families going without food and medicine to pay the bills

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Rachel Wells Some of Australia's poorest families are skipping meals and selling possessions to pay their power bills, a new report has found.

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Companies will flout credit card reforms

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Rachel Wells Major companies are already trying to get around new rules which ban retailers from passing on excessive credit card surcharges to customers, consumer group says.

Groupon warned over email bombardment

Rachel Wells Group buying site Groupon has been slapped on the wrist for bombarding consumers with email newsletters without adequate consent.

Protect profits of 'tobacco-like' energy drinks: retail body

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Rachel Wells Energy drinks have been likened to tobacco by a leading convenience store body, which warns its members to protect the highly profitable category from government regulation.