Retail invasion over as Kaufland beats a retreat from the Australian market

Original article by Eli Greenblat
The Australian – Page: 15 & 23 : 23-Jan-20

Shares in grocery retailers Coles and Woolworths rallied on 22 January, after German supermarket group Kaufland announced that it has abandoned plans to expand into the Australian market. Kaufland has advised that its 200 employees in Australia will receive their full entitlements; the majority had previously been employed by Coles or Woolworths. Schwarz Group is believed to have invested about $500m in Kaufland’s Australian operations, with plans to open at least 20 stores across the country.

CORPORATES
KAUFLAND STIFTUNG & CO KG, SCHWARZ GROUP, COLES GROUP LIMITED – ASX COL, WOOLWORTHS GROUP LIMITED – ASX WOW

The Athlete’s Foot satisfied 84% of its customers

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 21-Jan-20

The Athlete’s Foot has won Roy Morgan’s Shoe Store of the Month award for November 2019, with a customer satisfaction rating of 84%. The Athlete’s Foot has won seven straight monthly satisfaction awards since winning its first award for 2019 in May. It had a comfortable lead over both Williams (74%) and Spendless Shoes (71%) in November. Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine says that The Athlete’s Foot has been rewarded for maintaining stable customer satisfaction ratings over the past three years, in an industry that is experiencing considerable fluctuations in satisfaction levels. Its satisfaction rating of 84% is only down 2% compared with three years ago. This is in contrast to Williams on 74%, which has decreased 10% over the same period, and Spendless Shoes on 71%, dropping 16%. The customer satisfaction ratings have been taken from the Roy Morgan Single Source survey, compiled by in-depth face-to-face interviews with over 50,000 Australians each year in their homes.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, THE ATHLETE’S FOOT AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, WILLIAMS SHOES, SPENDLESS SHOES PTY LTD

Black Friday sales now etched firmly into Australian retailing

Original article by Liam Walsh
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 : 17-Jan-20

Michael Hill International’s sales grew by 3.3 per cent to $203m in the December quarter, while same-store sales rose by four per cent to $198m. The listed jewellery retailer’s same-store sales in Australia rose 1.6 per cent to $103.5m, although overall sales fell 0.9 per cent to $105.9m. CEO Daniel Bracken notes that the group’s sales increased in November due to the ‘Black Friday’ sales. He adds that the Black Friday sales are having an impact on consumers undertake their Christmas shopping.

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MICHAEL HILL INTERNATIONAL LIMITED – ASX MHJ

Even denim’s got the blues as Jeanswest collapses

Original article by Eli Greenblat
The Australian – Page: 15 : 16-Jan-20

Peter Gothard and James Stewart of KPG have been appointed as voluntary administrators of the Australian division of Jeanswest Corporation. The clothing retailer boasts 988 employees and 146 stores across Australia, and is the latest casualty of the downturn in the retail sector. Gothard says the administrators will seek expressions of interest from potential buyers of the business, which was founded in 1972. The first creditors’ meeting is scheduled for 28 January. Jeanswest’s New Zealand arm is not affected by the collapse.

CORPORATES
JEANSWEST CORPORATION PTY LTD, KPMG AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Bushfires likely to impact Australian retailers, analysts say

Original article by Dominic Powell
The Age – Page: Online : 9-Jan-20

Bryan Raymond of Citigroup says the bushfires crisis is likely to have a near-term impact on major retailers, as the smoke blanketing large cities will reduce foot traffic and some stores in bushfire-affected areas have closed temporarily. Hardware and outdoor equipment retailers are expected to be among the hardest hit, although Raymond notes that they may receive a boost as the nation rebuilds after the disaster. He adds that there is unlikely to be much impact on the sales of grocery giants Coles and Woolworths.

CORPORATES
CITIGROUP PTY LTD, COLES GROUP LIMITED – ASX COL, WOOLWORTHS GROUP LIMITED – ASX WOW, WESFARMERS LIMITED – ASX WES, BUNNINGS GROUP LIMITED, METCASH LIMITED – ASX MTS, SUPER RETAIL GROUP LIMITED – ASX SUL, JB HI-FI LIMITED – ASX JBH, HARVEY NORMAN HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX HVN

Harris Scarfe to cut 440 jobs, shut 21 stores

Original article by Lucas Baird
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 14 : 7-Jan-20

Failed department store group Harris Scarfe will be restructured prior to its sale. This will result in the closure of 21 stores nationwide, including eight in New South Wales and three in Victoria. This will leave 44 stores for prospective buyers of the group, which collapsed in late December. The store closures will result in the loss of about 440 jobs; Shop, Distributive & Allied Employees’ Association secretary Josh Peak says the union’s priority will be to ensure that retrenched workers receive their full entitlements.

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HARRIS SCARFE HOLDINGS LIMITED, SHOP, DISTRIBUTIVE AND ALLIED EMPLOYEES’ ASSOCIATION, DELOITTE RESTRUCTURING SERVICES, ALLEGRO FUNDS PTY LTD, GREENLIT BRANDS

Yuletide bounce falls flat for shops

Original article by Patrick Commins
The Australian – Page: 3 : 24-Dec-19

AMP Capital’s Shane Oliver says the bushfire crisis is likely to affect consumer sentiment during the retail sector’s crucial Christmas trading period. He notes that consumer confidence had already been dampened by factors such as low wages growth, a high underemployment rate and economic uncertainty. The Australian Retailers Association has forecast that consumer spending will by rise 2.6 per cent to $52.7bn between 14 November and 24 December, while it expects spending at post-Christmas sales to rise 2.4 per cent to $18.7bn.

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AMP CAPITAL INVESTORS LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN RETAILERS ASSOCIATION, DELOITTE ACCESS ECONOMICS PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ

2019 post-Christmas retail sales to grow 2.3% to $18.7 billion

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 23-Dec-19

Roy Morgan’s annual post-Christmas retail sales forecasts, conducted in conjunction with the Australian Retailers Association (ARA), project that Australians are set to spend $18.72 billion across retail stores during the post-Christmas trading period, an increase of 2.3% from a year ago. The post-Christmas retail sales are expected to have a slightly lesser rate of growth than the larger pre-Christmas sales due to the growing impact of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend sales in late November, which have gained prominence in the last few years. The ABS Retail Sales data for October showed seasonally adjusted sales of $27.57 billion, unchanged on September. The lower than expected result doesn’t augur well for pre-Christmas sales which are now forecast to increase by between 2.5% to 2.6% on a year ago to $52.7 billion, a lower forecast range than previously released. Growth in retail expenditure is predicted across all six categories measured.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN RETAILERS ASSOCIATION

Stagnant wages and rising debt point to weak Christmas spending

Original article by Euan Black
The New Daily – Page: Online : 19-Dec-19

Research by the Commonwealth Bank shows that 12 per cent of Australian adults will do most of their Christmas shopping at the last minute. Meanwhile, 26 per cent will look for discounts to save money on their Christmas shopping. The Commonwealth Bank’s chief economist Michael Blythe says growth in consumer spending is likely to be weak in 2019. Jim Stanford from the Centre for Future Work says factors such as small pay rises and high debt have prompted consumers to reduce their spending.

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COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, THE AUSTRALIA INSTITUTE LIMITED. CENTRE FOR FUTURE WORK

Dollar’s fall lifts retailers’ spirits

Original article by Eli Greenblat
The Australian – Page: 21 : 10-Dec-14

The latest Deloitte Access Economics retail forecasts study shows that the sector can expect higher margins during the 2014 Christmas period, due to the fall of the Australian dollar against the US currency. The overall sales growth figure for the calendar year is tipped to be 5.4%, compared with 3% on average per annum since 2010. The Australian National Retailers Association (ANRA) also forecasts turnover in the second week of December to reach $A7.6bn. However ANRA CEO Anna McPhee notes that retail sector margins have declined in the past three years

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AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL RETAILERS ASSOCIATION LIMITED, DELOITTE ACCESS ECONOMICS PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS