Pete Wargent blogspot

Co-founder & CEO of AllenWargent property buyer's agents, offices in Brisbane (Riverside) & Sydney (Martin Place), & CEO of WargentAdvisory (providing subscription analysis, reports & services to institutional clients).

5 x finance/investment author - 'Get a Financial Grip: a simple plan for financial freedom’ (2012) rated Top 10 finance books by Money Magazine & Dymocks.

"Unfortunately so much commentary is self-serving or sensationalist. Pete Wargent shines through with his clear, sober & dispassionate analysis of the housing market, which is so valuable. Pete drills into the facts & unlocks the details that others gloss over in their rush to get a headline. On housing Pete is a must read, must follow - he's one of the finest property analysts in Australia" - Stephen Koukoulas, MD of Market Economics, former Senior Economics Adviser to Prime Minister Gillard.

"Pete is one of Australia's brightest financial minds - a must-follow for articulate, accurate & in-depth analysis." - David Scutt, Business Insider, leading Australian market analyst.

"I've been investing for over 40 years & read nearly every investment book ever written, yet I still learned new concepts in his books. Pete Wargent is one of Australia's finest young financial commentators." - Michael Yardney, Australia's leading property expert, Amazon #1 best-selling author.

"The most knowledgeable person on Aussie real estate markets - Pete's work is great, loads of good data & charts, the most comprehensive analyst I follow in Australia. If you follow Australia, follow Pete Wargent" - Jonathan Tepper, Variant Perception, Global Macroeconomic Research, author of the New York Times bestsellers 'End Game' & 'Code Red'.

"The level of detail in Pete's work is superlative across all of Australia's housing markets" - Grant Williams, co-founder RealVision - where world class experts share their thoughts on economics & finance - author of Things That Make You Go Hmmm, one of the world's most popular & widely-read financial publications.

"Wargent is a bald-faced realty foghorn" - David Llewellyn-Smith, 'MacroBusiness'.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Death of the department store?

Retail bounced

After a negative result of -0.1 per cent in December, retail turnover increased by an improved +0.4 per cent in January to $25.7 billion. 

Year-on-year retail turnover growth has steadied at 3.2 per cent in trend terms.

It's been a bit of a mixed story around the traps in recent times, and surprisingly South Australia now leads the way in terms of retail turnover growth with a +4.5 per cent increase over the year to January. 

Department stores are having a torrid time, with retail turnover declining by 3.9 per cent over the past year, while the share of total turnover relating to this sector is in a sweeping secular downtrend. 

On the other hand the dining out industry continues to boom, with retail turnover once again recording a massive 6 per cent year-on-year growth. 

In fact, while department stores have struggled to maintain market share, the eating out sector has continued to flourish. 

Overall, a decent monthly result, if not spectacular. 

Online retail turnover contributed 3.6 per cent to total retail turnover, according to the ABS.