Sales up year-on-year.
Despite the entrance of retail behemoth, Amazon ahead of the all-important Christmas period, the general feel from the retail community has rang positive into the New Year.
Betta Home Living, Graeme Cunningham
“We had good trading across the group in the run up to Christmas and Boxing Day sales did particularly well. All results were up on last year. Trade was pleasing across all categories. Small appliances were strong as expected, while headphones, bluetooth speakers and accessories generally did well. The sales of TV panels, in particular OLED TV, continued to perform well. Obviously with the weather reverse cycle air conditioning did very well.”
Retravision, David Dorsett-Lynn
“The Retravision group had a strong Christmas result. The lead up to Christmas was consistent and post-Christmas sales were up considerably on last year with stores running out of some key lines due to demand being higher than anticipated. I think that the WA economy is still very soft but West Australians are known to make the best of a situation and have a good Christmas regardless.”
2nds World, Peter Hammerman
“Although the trading months leading up to Christmas were a bit soft, as soon as the hot weather hit in mid-December, business started to improve dramatically. Boxing Day for us was a record day and it has carried on through and I hope it continues. We have sold a lot of cooling products including split systems, fans, portable air and large screen TV’s. Samsung and TCL were most popular. We also did well with refrigeration and laundry. Electrolux, Fisher & Paykel, Beko, Haier and Asko were our best sellers.”
Rawsons Appliances, Jon Pysing
“Christmas went well, it was very busy. Top sellers for us during December were products from Miele with their promotions and Weber BBQ’s. Whilst our regular home appliance business was sluggish, Weber kept the foot traffic at an all-time high.”