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Fashion show open to public

New Zealand’s biggest fashion precinct is bringing fashion back to the people with the first free catwalk show in years.

Costco finally opens Down Under

After nearly five years in planning, Costco Monday opened its first Australian store in the Docklands precinct near Melbourne’s CBD.

Costco posts $5.11 billion in net sales – for January

Costco Wholesale Corporation, which plans to debut in Australia next year, has just reported net sales of $5.11 billion for the month of January – an 11% increase on the same period last year.

Costco Australian debut pushed back

Costco is looking at three cities for its Australian Costco stores, to be opened in 2009.

First Costco Australia site identified

Costco will build its first Australian store in Melbourne.

Costco competition welcome, says Woolworths

Woolworths boss Michael Luscombe says he would welcome competition from US retail giant, Costco.

Rental retailer buys debt collector

Radio Rentals parent Thorn Group is espanding into the financial services sector with the acquisition of National Credit Management.

Retail golfers fund charity bus

Retailers participating in a charity golf day in Melbourne this week raised enough funds to buy a bus to ferry disabled children to school. 

Australian Toy Awards: the 2011 winners

The full list of winners in the Australian Toy Hobby & Nursery Fair products of the year announced overnight: 

Eyewear importer caught price in fixing bid

A specialist eyewear importer has been caught trying to force online retailers from adhering to minimum retail prices.

ATM entrepreneur honoured

Australian entrepreneur Tim Wildash, CEO and MD of Customers ATM, has been recognised by the ATM Industry Association in the US for 10 years of industry leadership.

Fresh marketing campaign for Sydney’s Strand

A new campaign has been launched for Sydney’s historic Strand Arcade, featuring model Tiah Eckhardt. 

Mobile phone payment system in Australian test

ANZ and Visa have begun a four-week internal trial of a contactless mobile phone payment application. 

“Closing Retail, Going E-tail”

Acres of print space, both physical and virtual, have been dedicated to the changing nature of retail over the last couple of months. But as evidence that a picture is indeed worth a thousand words, a shot by photographer Jon Reid in last Saturday’s Sydney Morning Herald spoke volumes for what is happening out there. The photograph features the owner of a children’s clothing shop, Sprouts, standing behind a store window upon which is sign-written: “ Closing Retail going e-tail ”

West is best in Melbourne CBD

The western end of Melbourne’s Collins St has become a magnet for retailers seeking opportunities outside Melbourne’s traditional CBD core. 

Healthy forecast for Sydney bulky goods sector

Solid forecasts for new housing developments in Sydney spell bright prospects for the bulky goods sector, says a report by CB Richard Ellis.

Metcash case against ACCC starts today

A Federal Court case over Metcash’s bid for Franklins kicks off in Sydney today – and is set to take three weeks. 

Belinda, Bulgari our favourites

Australian fashion magazine Grazia has announced a long list of finalists in an inaugural consumer-nominated shopping awards. 

Produce chain underpaid workers $464,000

A Melbourne fruit and vegetable retailer has agreed to back-pay 265 current and former staff after an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman found the workers were inadvertently underpaid more than $464,000 over two years. 

Best foot forward: the Boots story

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