Money Retail shares are under pressure as Amazon launches

13:37  06 december  2017
13:37  06 december  2017 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

Kogan says Black Friday netted $4 million: Do longer festive sales suit Aussie shoppers

  Kogan says Black Friday netted $4 million: Do longer festive sales suit Aussie shoppers The first numbers from Australian retailers’ Black Friday sales events are filtering through, with the founder of electronics site Kogan.com saying it broke sales records when jumping on this year’s campaign, netting $4 million.Ruslan Kogan tweeted the figure on Saturday morning, congratulating the Kogan.com team for their work on the event, which has also acted to kick off the Christmas sales programs of a variety of local brands.Record breaking Black Friday. $4M sales. So proud of the @Kogan Team! pic.twitter.

Shares in retailers went on a wild ride, first dipping, then recovering and then taking off, after the official launch of Amazon in Australia. In early trade, Harvey Norman was down 1% to .96, Super Retail 1.1% to .90 and JB Hi-Fi 0.5% to .96.

Discretionary retailers ' shares have been under pressure for months amid speculation about how Citi retail analyst Bryan Raymond said Amazon 's range was "patchy", with more than 40,000 toys Mr Raymond said Amazon would start to pose a real threat to local retailers when it launches its

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  Amazon Australia's launch could be delayed until next year At a recent industry event in Melbourne, the official launch date of Amazon Australia was again speculated on and the news isn't good for Christmas shoppers. According to market research firm Kantar Retail, we could be in for an even longer wait than we thought. By most reports, Amazon Australia seemed like it would launch in time for Black Friday. The biggest sales day of the year came and went and still, we couldn't access Amazon's Australian site.We've received word that Amazon was planning to go live on November 24, but a few technical hiccups got in the way, forcing the launch to be postponed.

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Shares retailers dipped in early trade after the official launch of Amazon in Australia and ahead of the release of retail sales data.

Harvey Norman was down 1% to $3.96, Super Retail 1.1% to $7.90 and JB Hi-Fi 0.5% to $23.96.

The US-based retail giant Amazon today launched its full retail offering, with hundreds of thousands of discounted goods and one-day delivery, on its Australian website.

Australia’s October retail sales report is due to be released today. 

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