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Hopes rise for retailers as sales slowly recover


May 16, 2018 by admin

Retail up: (From left) Margie McAnalley and Louise Buchanan serve a customer in Dreamshack earlier this year. Picture: Jane DysonST GEORGE and Sutherland Shire retailers are among those rejoicing at an upturn in the economy in recent months.
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The most recent Australian Bureau of Statistics retail trade figures showed turnover across the country rose 1 per cent in June.

This followed a strong May performance of 0.8 per cent turnover growth.

Department stores were the biggest drivers of growth in June, with 3.4 per cent, followed by clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing (1.8 per cent), other retailing (1.4 per cent) and cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (1 per cent).

Cronulla Chamber of Commerce president Mark Aprilovic said the positive change in the economy had been felt by retailers in the beachside suburb, who were affected by last summer’s heavy rains.

Mr Aprilovic said it was upsetting when businesses fell on tough times and was happy to see the empty Cronulla shops were starting to fill.

Dreamshack owner Louise Buchanan said her store had a “quite good” May-June after a terrible summer season.

While July sales were not as strong, she hoped the warm weather would entice shoppers.

Greens Footwear owner Robert Green said the early start to spring had already brought crowds back to Cronulla.

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