23% of all retailers have sacked staff or closed stores a new research study conducted by the Australian Retailers Association has revealed, yet despite this retailers are optimistic about an economic recovery .
Continued strength of the portable PC sector will see worldwide PC shipment growth leap almost 20 percent in 2010, according to a new IDC report. This compares with overall growth of just 3 percent in 2009, the market research firm says.
Consumer electronics is set to be one of the strongest retail sectors running into Xmas say research Companies GFK and Gartner. At the same time MasterCard has said that retail sales around Australia are predicted to grow 4.5 per cent, compared to the same time last year.
COMMENT: How many of us remember our failures more than our successes? My own divorce, the time I didn't get a research grant, the last job that I was fired from (come to think of it, there were some other messy situations that I still recall), the I time I rear-ended someone on a slippery freeway. The list goes on and on. You could say that I have had a full life.
GFK is set to merge withTaylor Nelson Sofres (TNS) a UK research Company. The deal worth $4.4 billion will save save TNS over $152 million over three years as they plan to cut $500 jobs. It is not known whether any jobs will be cut in Australia.
A new Australian research study by Deloitte Digital reveals that digital interactions influenced 40% of in-store retail visits and more than 65% of customers use a digital device to search for information before shopping.