With more than 27,000 retail businesses and 16,500 owner-operators, retail represents a sizable constituency. The issues facing the retail sector should be of interest of all New Zealanders.
In 2016 retail accounted for $83 billion in transactions, 5.4 per cent of all businesses and 10 per cent of filled jobs (209,100). Retail is the lifeblood of our town centres, attracting tourists, creating vibrant communities and generating employment, both in the regions and in the cities. It touches all New Zealanders every day, and a prosperous retail sector benefits everyone.
Retail NZ's 2017 election statement sets out our top priorities for the new Government. We've asked political parties to commit to these actions, and we will report back on their answers.