RE­TAIL RESUR­GENCE

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CAFES, restau­rants and take­aways will be one of the strong­est ar­eas for re­tail jobs growth in 2013, says Aus­tralian Re­tail­ers As­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Rus­sell Zim­mer­man.

New Aus­tralian Bureau of Statis­tics fig­ures show jobs in this sec­tor grew 5.3 per cent year-on-year in the 12 months to Novem­ber 2012 – the best per­form­ing part of the re­tail in­dus­try.

Food re­tail­ing was the next best per­former (4.5 per cent growth) and house­hold goods was the worst per­former (-2.1 per cent).

Re­tail is the sec­ond largest em­ployer in Aus­tralia with 1.2 mil­lion peo­ple, be­hind health­care and so­cial as­sis­tance.

‘‘Food and, in par­tic­u­lar, cof­fee shops, take­aways and the like will be some of the big­gest ar­eas of growth in 2013,’’ he says.

‘‘Be­yond gen­eral re­tail shop as­sis­tants in 2013 there will be op­por­tu­ni­ties for hu­man re­sources and oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety as well as sup­port roles for on­line re­tail.’’

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