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Dean Blake

Dean Blake is a business journalist at Octomedia, working on Inside Retail.
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KFC expansion delivers strong annual growth for Collins Foods

25/06/2019

The Australian Taco Bell and KFC expansion delivered a 20.3 per cent increase in net profit to $39.1 million for Collins Foods Limited in fiscal 2019. The food retailer, which

Shoppers still prefer in-store experience, data reveals

19/06/2019

Despite retailers’ increasing investment in e-commerce, most consumers still favour an in-store experience over online, according to a new report by marketing specialist, Blis. According to The Real Retail Story report, 63

2.2 million Aussie better off after minimum wage increase

31/05/2019

More than 2.2 million Australians are set to better off after the Fair Work Commission (FWC) delivered a long-awaited pay rise. On Thursday, the body confirmed a 3 per cent

Restaurant Brands’ KFC booms, Pizza Hut slides

30/05/2019

Sales at Restaurant Brands’ KFC outlets have bolstered the group’s results, despite a stop-start quarter. In its Q1 report, KFC Australia enjoyed a 6 per cent increase in same-store sales,

Sigma Healthcare chairman to step down after shareholder protest

16/05/2019

Sigma Healthcare chairman, Brian Jamieson intends to step down within 12 months, following a shareholder protest at Sigma’s annual general meeting on Wednesday. Shareholders delivered an 18 per cent vote

Penalty rates back on the block after Easter

24/04/2019

Labor Party leader Bill Shorten put holiday penalty rates back in the conversation over the Easter long weekend, a period when many retailers paid lesser rates than in years past.

The Athlete’s Foot unveils flagship store

05/04/2019

Performance footwear retailer The Athlete’s Foot opened a new flagship in Melbourne Central this week, with an expanded product line and new technology to better suit product to customers’ needs. Located

Soul Origin steps up in Vegemite toast debate

03/04/2019

Cafe chain Soul Origin is giving away a free slice of Vegemite toast with any coffee purchase on Wednesday, after an impromptu national debate broke out yesterday over the correct

Sigma turnaround on track despite profit fall

22/03/2019

Pharmaceutical retailer Sigma Healthcare’s net profit fell 33.1 per cent to $37 million in FY19, down from $55 million in the prior corresponding period. Total revenue also decreased in the

Stockland sheds more non-core assets

18/03/2019

Property group Stockland has divested further non-core assets from its portfolio, unconditionally exchanging on two retail properties for a combined $143 million. The Brisbane-based properties, Stockland Cleveland and the Toowong