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Uniqlo on its way to Perth CBD

Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo will open its first Western Australian store in Perth’s Murray Street Mall, with a flagship two-level shop anchoring a $6 million redevelopment of Plaza Arcade.

AHG braces for insurance reforms

Car retailer Automotive Holdings Group is bracing for a potential earnings hit when the corporate regulator enacts reforms to finance and insurance commission arrangements next year.

Designers hatch plans for local, overseas growth

SPECIAL REPORT: Slower growth in discretionary spending is a challenge for some local fashion hopefuls, but export markets and tech-style accelerator programs are presenting opportunities.

Wesfarmers fighting on two fronts with Homebase in far-flung Britain

ANALYSIS: No-one knows how long it might take for Wesfarmers’ foreign foray to bear fruit, and at what cost.

Car sales put nation in pole position as WA lags

Western Australia has kept its foot on the brake with the latest figures showing a further slump in new car sales.

Iconic retailers stand test of time

PHOTO ESSAY: Retail is a difficult game to stick around in, but there are a handful of retailers in Perth that have stood the test of time and remain operating in their original location.

The future, coming to a mall near you

Perth’s big retail centres are evolving to become much more than just a collection of shops.

Neighbourhood centres the place to be

Suburban shopping centres are becoming the most sought-after asset class in property.

AHG to raise $110m, buys more franchises

Automotive Holdings Group has announced plans to raise up to $110 million from investors and purchase two car yards on the east coast, on the same day it revealed an increase in full-year profit.

Local retailers coming up short

The short selling of shares in some of Australia’s biggest retail stocks suggests investors are concerned about the sector’s future.

AHG announces new managing director

Automotive Holdings Group has announced an unusual 12-month leadership transition under which current managing director, Bronte Howson, will become special counsel, while also getting a special cash payout and potentially early vesting of long-term performance rights.

More disappointment for WA car sales

Car sales in Western Australia remain stalled, according to the latest figures from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.

UnitingCare West mannequins tell story of homeless women

UnitingCare West has made a creative and confronting statement with its 2016 Winter Appeal, which features an eye-catching shop window display in Forrest Chase across the Perth train station overpass.

Builder named for $600m Karrinyup expansion

Building will start next year on a $600 million redevelopment of Karrinyup Shopping Centre, with construction giant Brookfield Multiplex adding the big ticket job to its portfolio of works.

Retail sales growth sluggish in WA

Retail sales were up 0.1 per cent in trend terms in Western Australia in May, to $2.82 billion, about 1 per cent higher than the same month last year.

Small business stays positive amid downturn

Discretionary spending usually takes a hit in a downturn, but some WA retailers and service providers are banking on a bright future.

Sales tightened for DVG in 2015

Big private car retailer DVG Automotive Group has released its results for the 2015 financial year, showing a tightening economy had not significantly hit its sales ahead of the sale of a majority stake to Japanese interests.

Shoppers flock to first Aldi supermarkets

Aldi has opened its first four Perth stores to much fanfare across the city, ending a three-year-plus wait for the German supermarket chain to touch down in Western Australia.

SUVs preferred as new car sales fall

New car sales in Western Australia dropped again last month, with a rise in SUV sales unable to counteract a slump in passenger vehicle sales.

AHG pays $24m for Mazda dealership

Car retailer Automotive Holdings Group has increased its east coast franchise portfolio with the purchase of a Mazda dealership in Melbourne.

Retailers needed to fill expanded malls

Shopping centre owners will need to fill 1,784 new shops by 2020, if an estimated $4.5 billion wave of mall development in Perth comes to fruition.

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