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Businesses in for disappointing Christmas

Adam Zuchetti
Adam Zuchetti
06 November 2017 1 minute readShare
Bleak Christmas, wet, rainy

Santa looks set to bring coal rather than presents to Aussie businesses this Christmas, with the majority forecasting leaner sales in 2017 than last year.

In a sample poll on the My Business website, which received 154 responses, close to two-thirds (65.6 per cent) of business owners said they are not expecting higher trade this year compared with last.

The picture is much rosier for around one in four businesses (24.7 per cent) who are expecting higher trade, while the remaining 9.7 per cent admit they remain unsure either way.

The poll reflects official retail figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), which show retail turnover unchanged in September, following a 0.5 per cent fall the previous month.

Interestingly, despite profit downgrades from Myer and negative commentary about their prospects, department stores have posted the biggest increase in September. Growth is up 2.1 per cent in the month.

Food retailing (up 0.6 per cent) and cafes, restaurants and takeaway providers (up 0.3 per cent) are the only other industry sectors to post an increase.

September has capped off a disappointing quarter for Australian retailers, with spending up by the slightest of margins (0.1 per cent) – well short of the 1.5 per cent increase in the June quarter.

Businesses in for disappointing Christmas
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Adam Zuchetti
Adam Zuchetti

Adam Zuchetti is the former editor of MyBusiness and a senior freelance media professional, specialising in the fields of business, personal finance and property. In 2020, he also embarked on his own business journey – inspired in part by the entrepreneurs and founders he had met through his journalistic work – with the launch of customised pet gifting and subscription service Paws N’ All.

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