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Woolies to remove single-use plastic bags

Woolworths, Big W and BWS liquor stores nationwide will stop giving out free plastic shopping bags within the next year.

WA new car sales end FY17 on a downer

End-of-financial-year specials failed to maintain May's positive tone on new car sales for Western Australia, with numbers for June down 5.5 per cent as the financial year ended with a whimper.

Coca-Cola Amatil dealt double blow

Coca Cola-Amatil has suffered a double blow, losing a contract with Australia's largest pizza chain to its rival and failing to get its latest no sugar offering on the shelves of supermarket giant Woolworths.

Camera Electronic focused on growth

Fifty years after Ronald and Valerie Frank started a camera repair business from their home, their two sons oversee a fast-growing business that combines a new bricks-and-mortar store with an expanding online presence.

Asleep at the wheel as perception gap widens

ANALYSIS: The business sector’s view of the future and that of consumers are heading in different directions.

ACCC takes Thermomix to court

The Perth-based distributor of the Thermomix kitchen appliances in Australia is being taken to court by the consumer watchdog for allegedly misleading customers when the products were found to be dangerously faulty.

WA car sales show first improvement in years

New car sales in Western Australia grew on a monthly basis for the first time in four years in May, but the upswing still falls well short of the slide in sales for the year to date.

CEO lunch with Michael Chaney

Business News sat down to lunch at Julio’s with Michael Chaney to discuss his career at Wesfarmers and beyond.

New target for remuneration

The salary package for Wesfarmers’ new managing director acknowledges the reality that many large companies pay big annual bonuses every year.

Nuheara links up with Bloom

Nuheara has entered into a retail partnership with Widex Australia for its IQbuds to be sold in Bloom Hearing clinics in Australia.

Relentless dismantling of traditional retail

ANALYSIS: The point of no return may have already been reached for bricks-and-mortar retailers struggling to compete with the online experience. 

Wesfarmers reshapes leadership, remuneration

Finance director Terry Bowen will become the third top Wesfarmers executive to retire from the Perth-based conglomerate in the space of 12 months, with the group announcing three senior appointments along with details of incoming managing director Rob Scott’s remuneration package.

AHG flags profit downgrade, write-downs

Perth-based Automotive Holdings Group will incur a $35 million write-down hit from the closure of some of its underperforming businesses, in response to the weak market for car retailers combined with recent regulatory changes by the corporate watchdog.

Vicinity presses go on $100m Midland expansion

Aldi, JB Hi-fi and Harris Scarfe will anchor a $100 million extension of Midland Gate Shopping Centre, with construction to begin later this month.

Creatives trade on China links

North Fremantle-based fashion label Empire Rose is one of three local brands to have secured deals in China in recent weeks, following the Fashion Council WA’s partnership with its Chinese counterpart.

Another big fall in new car sales

Western Australian car retailers will be hoping for better May numbers after new vehicle sales fell 12.7 per cent in April.

Harris Scarfe back, in Joondalup

Department store Harris Scarfe is back in Western Australia, ending more than 15 years’ absence from the state’s retail sector.

Perth-London Qantas flights on sale

Qantas today launched ticket sales for its new 17.5-hour, non-stop Perth-to-London service.

AHG buys Melbourne dealerships

Logistics and car retailer Automotive Holdings Group has acquired two dealerships in Victoria for $8.5 million plus stock and assets, in the same precinct where it is building a new Jaguar and Land Rover dealership.

More pain in new car sales

New car sales in Western Australia slipped another 3.8 per cent last month, dragging its performance for the year even further away from parity.

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