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Junk food meeting to discuss ban on TV ads. Food manufacturers and doctors will meet in Canberra tomorrow to debate rules on advertising to children, with the doctors calling for a ban on junk food ads during afternoon television programs. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2002
Harvey to fire global expansion. Retail magnate Gerry Harvey hopes to dwarf the success of his Harvey Norman Holdings empire by heading offshore for its next phase of growth. .... 8 Jun, 2002
US doughnut giant bites locally. American doughnut giant Krispy Kreme has chosen Australia as the place to open the doors of its first franchise outside of North America. .... 6 Jun, 2002
Hungry Jack's sells outlets into a property trust. Jack Cowin's Hungry Jack's fast food chain is the latest corporate to shed its property assets from its balance sheet, raising $48 million in the process. .... [more] 6 Jun, 2002
Bi-Lo sale ruled out. Coles Myer moved quickly yesterday to hose down speculation that its discount store Bi-Lo is up for sale. .... 4 Jun, 2002
Pick 'n' Pay eyes Bi-Lo. South African retailer Pick 'n' Pay, which now owns the Franklins chain, said it would consider buying discount store Bi-Lo if it was for sale. .... 3 Jun, 2002
Macca's rise in profit, sales. McDonald's Australia has opened 2002 with "extremely strong" profit and sales after a second consecutive earnings fall last year. .... 3 Jun, 2002
Harvey Norman coaches a winner. Rebel Sport has shaped up under the tough coaching of new parent Harvey Norman. .... 28 May, 2002
Click goes Price Attack. South African-owned retail group New Clicks Australia is set for an aggressive period of growth after acquiring specialty retail store-hair salon franchise Price Attack. .... 27 May, 2002
Float one option among many, says New Clicks. New Clicks Holdings, owner of the House and Priceline chains, said yesterday it was considering listing on the Australian Stock Exchange to expand its local business. .... [more] 24 May, 2002
New Clicks expands further into Australia. Cosmetics, homewares and music chain New Clicks Holdings announced its third Australian acquisition in four years yesterday when it said it would pay R89m for the 94-store franchise chain Price Attack. .... [more] 23 May, 2002
Restaurant chain dares to go where others failed. Where Sizzler, Lone Star and Hanrahan's were unable to maintain a foothold, La Porchetta is stepping up its operations. .... 20 May, 2002
South Africans have another crack. After a 20-year lockout, South Africa's largest retailer - Pick 'n' Pay - is back. .... [more] 20 May, 2002
For once, Gerry Harvey's at a loss. Retail king Gerry Harvey is at a loss to explain the recent decline in the company's share price, saying his furniture and electrical stores are running as expected. .... 16 May, 2002
Coffee and tea lovers have a new place to indulge. Lanabel Johansen readily admits that in selecting Melbourne for the Australian launch of an international coffee chain she couldn't have picked a city with a tougher crowd. .... [more] 13 May, 2002
Brambles starting to get pallets right in US. Brambles' long slog to right the troubles with its most important business - the CHEP pallet hire franchise in the US - appears to be paying dividends, with analysts suggesting the worst is behind it. .... [more] 6 May, 2002

New brew bucks the trend. As US giant Starbucks continues to relentlessly sell the frappuccino around the world, a more low profile competitor has opened its doors in Australia. .... 3 May, 2002
INTEREST - Big Mac reveals $A too lean. The Big Mac can confirm what Australians holidaying in the United States have known for years - the Aussie dollar doesn't have enough beef. .... [more] 29 Apr, 2002
Jack not so hungry for Burger King. Australian businessman Jack Cowin has dropped plans to take over 55 Burger King-branded outlets in Australia. .... [more] 25 Apr, 2002
Buoyant Harvey Norman sales strengthen case for rates hike. Gerry Harvey's Harvey Norman has added to the recent run of strong retail performances with a 9.3 per cent rise in the March quarter sales, fuelling speculation of an imminent rise in interest rates. .... [more] 18 Apr, 2002
Eagle Boys seeks bigger pizza slice. Queensland-based Eagle Boys Pizza hopes to snare a larger slice of Australia's $700 million pizza market when it rolls out its "instant pizza" concept nationally in June. .... 17 Apr, 2002
Retailers can't wait for winter. While mainland Australian basks in the warm autumn weather, retailers are keeping their fingers crossed for a cold snap. .... [more] 16 Apr, 2002
Hungry Jack in talks to buy Burger King. Jack Cowin, owner of most of the Hungry Jack's chain of hamburger outlets, is negotiating to purchase the Australian Burger King chain of restaurants. .... [more] 11 Apr, 2002
McDonald's Australia Beef Trial Plan May Roil Mkt-Analyst. A plan by McDonald's Corp. of the U.S. to trial the blending of Australian beef could lead to a market squeeze on the product in the U.S. and lift prices, an Australian industry analyst said Thursday. .... 11 Apr, 2002
Late win for Traveland staff. Former staff of failed travel agency Traveland will receive employee entitlements after the company's liquidator obtained access to outstanding funds yesterday. .... 10 Apr, 2002
Currencies hurt Macca's. McDonald's has warned profits are being hurt by weak currencies and its first-quarter earnings will be slightly below Wall Street's expectations despite encouraging signs from its European and US restaurants. .... [more] 24 Mar, 2002
WH Smith plans expansion. Britain's leading newspaper and book retailer, WH Smith, said yesterday it would open 12 pilot stores in Australia over the next two years as a step toward a wider expansion. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2002
Global expansion the key for Harvey. Retail king Gerry Harvey is targeting annual growth of 15 to 20 per cent over the next three or four years, with expansion of its stores on a global basis. .... [more] 18 Mar, 2002
Harvey Norman joins the rush. The surging retail sector helped Gerry Harvey's Harvey Norman deliver an 18.8 per cent rise in net profit to $67.92 million in the December half, adding to strong recent performances from most of the big retailers. .... [more] 16 Mar, 2002
Australian Burger King cautious on virtual ordering. Burger King Australia says it doesn't have the supply complexity to warrant introducing the new system, having only about 60 stores nationwide. .... 13 Mar, 2002
Harvey Norman trading regains vigour. Harvey Norman's sales growth returned to something more closely resembling the robust rates of old after a strong second quarter left the company well on the way out of last year's downturn in the retail industry without having taken any serious damage. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2002
Australia's Heartlink says Travelworld franchises cash-flow positive. Heartlink Ltd today said its Travelworld franchises have achieved positive cash flow, with further revenue expected in the next few months through its recently-purchased Traveland franchise. .... 2 Jan, 2002
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