Australia news

30 August 2013
Woolworths has published a report that shows how Australia's grocery shopping habits have changed over the past 25 years. The report entitled 'Woolworths Trolley Trends' shows how Australia has become a more cosmopolitan community with a greater preference for global flavours and changing habits as to how people eat and spend their money. Key findings include: 1. The BIG weekly shop is dead ...
26 August 2013
Woolworths has confirmed that it is to acquire New Zealand-based direct-to-customer retailer EziBuy for NZ$350m. Ezibuy: a leading direct-to-customer non-food business Ezibuy is a leading direct-to-customer retailer of apparel and homeware in Australia and New Zealand, operating via its online platform and catalogue businesses. Having established itself in New Zealand in 1978, today it has a ...
22 August 2013
Australian grocery retailer Coles has launched a new price campaign focused on promoting great value frozen products. Expanding ‘Down Down’ to over 150 frozen products The new campaign will see Coles leverage its long standing and successful ‘Down Down’ campaign in the Frozen Food Category. The latest round of price cuts means that the retailer has introduced another 40 frozen products un...
15 August 2013
Coles has reported full year sales for the 53 weeks until 30 June 2013 up 5.2% to AU$36,075m, with profits (EBIT) for the same period up 13.1% to AU$1,533m. Continued progress across supermarkets reaping rewards Food and Liquor sales for the full year increased 5.5% to AU$28,125m, with sales in the fourth quarter up 5.7% to AU$7,332m. Despite reporting on-going food and liquor price defla...
12 August 2013
Woolworths has opened a new food emporium style small format store at Brisbane's Hamilton Harbour, featuring concepts and ranges tailored for city living. Smaller format designed for city living The new store at Hamilton Harbour is just over 1,100 sqm and both signals the retailer's desire to open smaller format stores in urban areas, but also its growing focus on its strategy to better tailo...
30 July 2013
In an upbeat announcement of its full year results, Woolworths reports operating sales of AUS $58.5bn, increasing 4.8% on the previous year, adjusting for the 53rd week of sales. 'Strategic Priorities' starting to bear fruit The retailer's sharpened focus on its core businesses and implementation of Strategic Priorities underscored sales growth in a period of consumer uncertainty and low ...
20 July 2013
IGD has launched a new look Retail Analysis service, which is easier to use and adds new functionality and benefits. You'll notice new features across the site - but here are our three favourites. 1. A new, insight-rich home page You've probably seen this one already. We've brought together more of our news onto our homepage, and added in more information about our latest, must-see insig...
24 June 2013
Aldi Süd in Australia is set to launch an online liquor store on 1 August. This will be the first time that the discounter has offered food or non-food online operations in any of its countries. It has however offered services such as photos, flowers and holidays online in various markets. Extending the reach of liquor categories Aldi's online liquor store ( www.aldiliquor.com.au ) will...
24 June 2013
Metcash has reported solid annual sales for the 12 months ending 30 April 2013, with revenues up 3.8% to AU$13.1bn and underlying profits after tax up 6.9% to AU$281m. Metcash Food & Grocery sales down 2.3% to AU$9.1bn The decline in sales is largely attributed to closure of Campbells branches and other stores in Queensland and WA. EBITA is also down 5% to AU$378m, due to continuing price def...
17 June 2013
Woolworths' chief executive Grant O'Brien has put his backing behind strengthening the retailer's capability to deliver ready meal solutions, supporting both the changing needs of customers but also the retailer's increasing focus on smaller urban formats. Vertically integrated facilities to deliver new ready meal ranges The Australian reports that Woolworths plans to build several factories ...