Month: May 2018

The economic news of the last month have been dominated by the first murmurings of action from global policy makers, which will lead to a higher interest rate environment for at least the next 3-5 years. Interest rates have a huge impact on the local consumer and their ability to spend – or rather their […]

The first term school holidays this year look to have been a relatively quiet affair, despite once again including more trading days than last year. Total spending over the 16 day Saturday-Sunday period (illustrated in the chart below) increased 1.5%. This was largely a result of the inclusion of Easter Sunday last year – a […]

This quarter our MD, Stephen Bridle, responds to the government’s recent announcement of the ‘Amazon Tax’, and what it will mean for the currently challenged retail environment. Earlier this week the government announced its intention to collect GST on all goods purchased online from overseas merchants.  While praised by retailers and those in the industry, […]