Re­tail­ers

Townsville Bulletin - - Talk Of North -

IT must be Christ­mas. Here we are say­ing nice things about Coles and Woolies. Ba­nana buyer for the big chains, Tony de Luca, was say­ing the other day that the likes of Woolies and Coles have taken only the tini­est of profit mar­gins on ba­nanas since Cy­clone Larry dec­i­mated the in­dus­try on March 20. Rather than snatch the mas­sive prof­its for them­selves they have given nearly all of it to the grow­ers who were able to sup­ply fruit. His words were, ‘‘The chain stores did the right thing. They took only the small­est mar­gin. Ac­tu­ally I don’t know how they did it.’’ So, there you go. Un­der­neath that flinty re­tail ex­te­rior beats a heart of mashed ba­nana.

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