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SUVs still more popular in declining market

The pickup in the state’s economy revealed in the latest GDP data hasn’t flowed through to spending on new cars, with vehicle sales in February 13.7 per cent lower than the same month in 2016.

Customer focus keeps Camera Electronic in the picture

At a time when bricks and mortar retailers are facing an online onslaught, and with just about every person on the street having a camera in their pocket, Camera Electronic is fighting back, opening a new store in the CBD.

Profit down for auto dealer AHG

West Perth-based Automotive Holdings Group has predicted the state’s automotive market will remain challenging in the short term, as the company reported a 20 per cent fall in net profit after tax in the six months to December.

Foreign players cement their footprint

OPINION: Everyone exposed to the Australian retail industry knows how tough conditions are, but what they might not fully understand is the extent to which a once-local industry is being blasted out of business by international competition.

Wesfarmers' diversity keeps it prosperous: Scott

Incoming Wesfarmers managing director Rob Scott, who will formally take his new job late this year, says the business will continue to thrive on the back of its diversity across markets.

Goyder to step down as Wesfarmers boss

Wesfarmers managing director Richard Goyder will step down this year after more than 12 years in charge of the company to be replaced by his deputy, Rob Scott.

Western suburbs supermarket named world's best

The Taylor Road IGA in Nedlands has won the accolade of best independent supermarket in the world, sharing the title with another IGA from South Australia.

Bunnings to close Morley, Mandurah outlets

At least two Western Australian Bunnings warehouses will close as part of the hardware giant’s purchase of Woolworths’ Masters sites, BWP Trust has disclosed.

Rough start for new car sales

New car sales in Western Australia have started the year on a sour note, with sales down more than 10 per cent in the first month of 2017.

Confidence key, retailers say

Local businesses aren’t popping the champagne corks for an economic recovery just yet despite the latest data from the Commonwealth Bank showing a rise in transactions across a range of sectors during the Christmas trading period.

Aldi flags 14 more WA stores in 2017

German supermarkets giant Aldi says it will open 14 more stores in Western Australia this year, after the debut of 19 of its outlets in Western Australia in 2016.

New model shake-up for online used car sales

The second-hand car business was revolutionised 20 years ago with the arrival of the internet, but there is a second revolution under way that promises to be even more disruptive and could have a significant effect on some of Western Australia’s best-known car yards.

Customers control the retail relationship

ANALYSIS: The popularity of online shopping in the US has reached a tipping point, breaking bricks and mortar retailers’ hold on the market.

Toyota WA's most popular auto brand in soft market

A fall of 5.6 per cent in new vehicle sales for the past year in Western Australia, to 100,234, takes to nearly 22 per cent the reduction in annual sales since 2012.

Alexium in US pillow contract

ASX-listed manufacturer Alexium International Group has signed an initial agreement to supply chemicals to a US homewares company for a new line of cool-touch pillows, in a move the company said could eventually generate revenues of $US10 million per annum.

It’s shopping, but not as you know it

No sooner have retailers modified their business model to deal with a new technology than along comes a fresh challenge to the sector.

Don’t ignore the hype

Business News work experience student Jay Lake explains how some fashion consumers aim to profit from their purchases.

Street wear locals take global approach to fashion

Perth’s specialist street wear vendors are part of a global trend to acutely restrict supply of distributed and in-house labels – following in the footsteps of many luxury brands that use scarcity as a marketing tool.

Perth fuel distributor opens up in China

An Aboriginal-owned business that distributes environmentally friendly industrial products has expanded its international reach with the opening of its first jointly-owned store in China.

The Grand Cru experience, a top cellar

Mount Lawley liquor retailer Grand Cru Wine Shop has undergone an evolution since being established more than 42 years ago.

Bunnings boss steps down

Bunnings’ long-serving chief executive John Gillam has announced he is stepping down from the role, but will continue to serve the business as an adviser.

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