Strong December lifts retail spend

WA outperformed most states in December’s retail spending results, and with an interest rate cut and falling petrol prices, there are hopes of a retail revival.

Giant impact on Perth shops, bars and restaurants

Retailers and hospitality operators in the city have cashed in on the tour of The Giants, with 1.4 million people filling City of Perth streets for three days for the opening show of the Perth Interna

BWP buys Melbourne Bunnings for $32m

Property investor BWP Trust has purchased a Bunnings Warehouse in Melbourne from Bunnings Group for about $32 million.

H&M on its way to Lakeside Joondalup

Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City has secured another international brand coup, with H&M to open its first Western Australian store at the mall later this year, ahead of an expected CBD outlet for

Garden City turns to tech to boost retail spend

Garden City Booragoon has gone high-tech to attract and retain more shoppers over the school holidays, launching an interactive augmented reality system using technology developed in Europe.The system

Australia attracts more global retailers

A new report by Deloitte has found 37 of the world’s top 250 retailers are now operating in Australia, 23 of which have set up shop in Western Australia.

Headphone market growth echoes in Perth

Perth company Audiofly is hoping to replicate strong export sales during the past three years with the opening of a new store and headquarters on King Street in the city.

Bunning business legacy lives on

Twenty years after Wesfarmers bought Bunnings in a contentious takeover, we reflect on the family that started one of Australia's biggest retail successes.

Cash Converters to raise $45m, end commission deal

Cash Converters International says it plans to raise $45 million to help terminate commissions to development agents on its rapidly growing personal loans business.

Wesfarmers donates $5m

Wesfarmers has donated $5 million to the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research to help recruit a leader for what will be the first centre in Western Australia to focus on women’s cancers.

BWP in $17.8m Bunbury deal

Property investor BWP Trust has announced plans to purchase a site in Australind, near Bunbury, where associated company Bunnings Group intends to build a new warehouse store.

Wesfarmers’ $44m community spend

Wesfarmers has reported direct community investment of $44.6 million for the 2013-14 financial year, with social welfare and health the largest areas of expenditure.

Linneys goes global with online store

Western Australian jeweller Linneys has launched an online store to complement its bricks and mortar showrooms, making its high-end products available to a global audience for the first time.

Perth Upmarket pops up at new Subi event

A Perth market operator has embraced Perth’s enthusiasm for ‘pop-up’ vendors by convincing the City of Subiaco to allow temporary shopfronts at a new event next month.

WA online shoppers chase deals

Western Australians are more likely to go online to find the best deal and be influenced by user reviews when shopping online than any other state, according to new research by Bankwest.

New group counsel for Wesfarmers

Wesfarmers has appointed Maya vanden Driesen to the position of group general counsel, putting her in charge of a national team of 42 in-house lawyers.

AHG backs out of Covs Parts sale

Automotive Holdings Group has walked away from a potential sale of its Covs Parts business to Burson Group, which hoped to use the 25 stores as an entry into the WA market.

Carousel plan to take biggest title

The owner of the successful Cannington shopping centre has made its development a priority as part of a $3 billion expansion push.

Wesfarmers to raise $864m in bond issue

Wesfarmers says it will raise about $864 million through a bond issue under its Euro Medium Term Note program.

Food, entertainment the new frontier

After 10 years of limited development, Perth’s major shopping centres are expanding and evolving.

Global brands driving change in CBD, suburbs

Retail property players say international fashion brands are only the beginning of the global onslaught.