Steel Blue walks tall on demand for boots

Safety boot manufacturer Footwear Industries has been given the luxury of picking and choosing Australian distributors as demand for its Steel Blue brand increases.

Wanneroo Central sold for $70m

Wanneroo Central Shopping Centre has been sold to the Charter Hall Retail Partnership, for $70 million.

KFC franchise dispute goes to mediation

A courtroom showdown between Jack Cowin and the global owner of the KFC fast food franchise has been averted after both sides agreed to mediation.

Muzz Buzz extends Wildcats dance team deal

The Perth Wildcats have signed up Muzz Buzz as its dance team sponsor for the next two seasons.

Mundella's yoghurt wins national prize

Mundijong-based Mundella Foods was the only local dairy to be honoured at the Australian Grand Dairy Awards held in Melbourne last week.

Willie Creek Pearls to open at PCEC

The Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre has signed Willie Creek Pearls as its cornerstone tenant for a boutique retail precinct within the centre.

Retailers call for cut to Sunday penalty rates

The Australian Retailers Association has called for Sunday penalty rates to be halved to reflect the demands of the modern retail environment.

Barnett moves to lift Sunday trading ban

Perth shoppers may finally have the freedom of those in other capital cities, with a Sunday trading bill introduced to state parliament today.

AHG maintains dividend on strong profit

Perth-based car dealer and logistic company Automotive Holdings Group has reported a strong rise in statutory net profit on record group revenue, though earnings per share were down slightly.

Carramar Village shops listed for sale

The Carramar Village shopping centre in Wanneroo has hit the market, with CBRE Perth appointed as selling agents.

AHG acquires Victorian dealer network

Automotive Holdings Group ramped up its push into Victoria, acquiring all but one of Jeff Wignall Group’s 10 car dealerships for $14 million.

Resources sector welcomes Sunday trading

Western Australia’s resources sector has applauded the now bi-partisan support for Sunday trading, saying the added vibrancy from more open shops may help attract more migrants from the eastern states

Labor changes tack on Sunday trading, u-turns on uranium

Newly-installed state Labor Leader Mark McGowan has confirmed the party will support the introduction of Sunday trading and will not revoke any approvals for uranium mines in Western Australia, in his

WA's excessive stamp duty hurting cars

Western Australia ran a close second to Tasmania in recording the biggest drop in new car sales in 2011, with local sales falling by 7,961.

Super Retail bucks sector weakness

Super Retail Group has bucked the general weakness in national retail trade, reporting a solid lift in half year sales and being rewarded with a lift in its share price.

Government app to help protect consumer rights

A free smartphone application developed by Consumer Protection will help WA shoppers easily access information about their rights under the new Australian Consumer Law.

Reports call for deregulated trading hours

A University of Western Australia report has found trading hours in WA should be fully deregulated, adding to a recent Productivity Commission report that also advocated deregulation.

WA expecting rosy Christmas

Western Australia is the only state in the nation expecting better Christmas trading than last year, according to a report released today.

New retail tenancy laws will help small business: O'Brien

Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien says a level playing field for retailers is one step closer after the passing of new commercial tenancy legislation through state parliament yesterday.

Data shows WA leading retail revival

Western Australia's retail sector recorded the highest growth in the nation in October, further evidence of the two-speed national economy, economists say.

Seven increases bid for National Hire

Seven Group Holdings has upped its takeover bid for National Hire Group, after its initial offer of $3.00 per share was rejected by the target’s major shareholder, Tasmania-based Caterpillar dealer Da