25 Oct 2016
Opinion
Stifled growth: lessons from Pumpkin Patch’s decline
Paul Keane

The decline of Pumpkin Patch’s share price was not unexpected given their waning sales volume and in turn company profit. In fact, a company spokesman suggested that the share value was probably nil!

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17 Oct 2016
Opinion
Are shopping centres appealing to the local palate?
Paul Keane

I have often pondered where one can go to buy speciality chocolates! If you think about it, the most popular places are probably department stores... but where do you go for that special treat? There is a very good speciality chocolate outlet in Kerikeri and another in Matakana, but nationwide where is the key brand that you’d go to for a special chocolate experience?

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10 Oct 2016
Opinion
A question and a prediction regarding recent retail growth
Paul Keane

The demand on retail facilities was no more apparent than over the past week. A trip to Sylvia Park on Sunday demonstrated the impact of customer interest in the new H&M and Zara stores; the roading network surrounding the centre was congested and vehicle movement intense.

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03 Oct 2016
Opinion
Watching with interest as the next round of retail offerings open
Paul Keane

In days past we would queue up to get into rugby matches or maybe a popular movie, however queuing up for the opening of a new retail store is a bit unique, even on the basis of there being some bargains available. The fact that this weekend people were queuing up twelve hours in advance at New Zealand’s first H&M store opening at Sylvia Park in Auckland says something for the psychology of the shopper.

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19 Sep 2016
Opinion
Observations while recuperating reveal a focus on profit
Paul Keane

When one is at home recuperating, there is time to follow news as it breaks and become aware of the number of activities which affect our commercial lives without us realising it. I have observed that over the past few weeks one key factor has dominated our headlines: "profit". So what's wrong with that?

Nothing in my view, as long as the "profit" result is fair and reasonable to all parties. Let’s take a look at the results or inferences over the past few weeks.

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