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Dick Smith, Burger King, David Jones: Is it third time lucky for Anchorage?
The private equity firm has a track record of acquiring businesses that are already well on their way to turnaround, and...
Jan 16, 2023
Opinion: Why 2023 could be a solid year for retail
There are plenty of reasons to be sceptical about the sector in the year ahead, but the sector is better prepared for in...
Dec 14, 2022
What the cost-of-living crunch means for Black Friday
There is little doubt the events will underpin Christmas trading again this year but results may not be as robust as in ...
Nov 10, 2022
Why Premier Retail is well-positioned for further acquisition opportunities
The company's announcement of a special dividend and proposal of a $50 million share buyback is good management no doubt...
Oct 4, 2022
Opinion: Why the time is right for the ARA and NRA to revisit a merger
The ongoing failure of industry organisations to align and merge has left the sector without a strong voice at one of th...
Sep 6, 2022
Opinion: What if Coles had acquired Dan Murphy’s instead of Woolies?
Business is full of ‘what ifs’. But after more than two decades, does Coles Group still rue a missed liquid-gold deal?
Aug 3, 2022
Analysis: EOFY won’t end the tough times for many
Growth in sales revenue won’t be enough to offset the ongoing rise in the cost of doing business for some retailers – e...
Jun 15, 2022
David Jones’ owner said it’s not selling. Could it be looking to buy?
There's another possible reason why the South African-owned company's CEO has been meeting with banks...
Apr 13, 2022
Opinion: What’s behind Lew’s move for Myer shares?
Solomon Lew’s latest purchase of Myer shares is another twist in an entire business career entwined with the iconic depa...
Feb 10, 2022
Wesfarmers’ API takeover: Growth drug or poison pill?
With Woolworths withdrawing its offer, Wesfarmers is in position to claim the pharmaceutical business, but it faces hurd...
Jan 17, 2022
Peak season sales are off to a good start. But don’t relax just yet
Early indications are positive with retail associations expecting Black Friday to generate more than $5 billion in sales...
Nov 30, 2021
Opinion: Consumers’ screen times gives shopping centres a headache
Sure, the pandemic accelerated the move towards online shopping, but it was under way before Covid-19 and the behaviour ...
Oct 12, 2021
Failures and floats: The Covid-19 reshuffle looms
As government support begins to dry up, expect a period of upheaval, as a flurry of merger-and-acquisition activity, clo...
Sep 7, 2021
Opinion: Here are the pros and cons of Wesfarmers’ API bid
Wesfarmers’ left-field bid for Australian Pharmaceutical Industries is a somewhat risky investment move for the Perth-ba...
Jul 19, 2021
Analysis: Decision time looms at DJs and Myer boardrooms
Would a merger of the two department stores be enough to save them?
Jun 22, 2021
Analysis: Keeping up the Covid cashflow
Major supermarket chains are trying to maintain last year’s sales momentum by launching new initiatives this year. But i...
May 26, 2021
Analysis: Why Premier Investments is bullish about the future
The group posted a 7.2 per cent increase in sales and an 88.9 per cent boost to net earnings for the six months to Decem...
Apr 9, 2021
Chemist Warehouse toys with IPO
The pharmacy giant's path to a public listing isn't exactly straightforward.
Mar 9, 2021
Analysis: Watch out, Metcash is bouncing back
In recent years, the retail giant has struggled for growth, but last year, it made a comeback.
Feb 15, 2021
Ready, set, IPO: Why retailers are going public in 2021
After delaying public floats last year due to market volatility, these major retailers are revisiting their IPO plans.
Jan 6, 2021