BDO Spend Trend 2015

07 December 2015

Australian retailers still hot on the tails of international counterparts


BDO’s Spend Trend 2015 review provides a comparative analysis of how Australian retailers are performing against their international competitors. In addition to examining whether the effect of the perceived – and much talked about – tough retail trading environment has actually been reflected in the retailers’ published financial results.

BDO’s analysis of Australian and international retailers reveals that sales revenue, net profit margin, gross margin and gearing all improved or remained stable, despite uncertain economic conditions and increased competition from the large international retailers entering Australian’s shores for the first time.

While Australian retailers saw slower growth than the internationals across key performance indicators such as sales revenue and gross profit margin, it is clear that they have worked out how to weather the storm of changing market conditions, and are beginning to adapt to a much tougher, more global, digital retail world.

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Also featured in this year’s report:

Putting the ‘social’ into a social media strategy for retailers

Social media is now having a major effect on organisational performance – so how can retail executives contribute to this important communication platform?

We recap on the key elements of a social media strategy that executives need to be aware of, including insights from these leading retailers:

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  • How to generate high social engagement


  • The IKEA challenge: integrating ecommerce on a mass global scale

If you have any questions relating to this report, please contact the author, BDO Audit Partner John Bresolin, or your local BDO retail adviser.