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T H I S I S S U E : It's only week one into the New Year, though consolidation, administration and diversification appear to already be the mainstay themes for retailers in 2018. On Monday, footwear, clothing and accessories label Diana Ferrari (DF) announced the closure of all its stores, though will maintain an online presence. Munro Footwear Group (MFG) – which acquired Fusion Retail Brand's stable of brands including Williams, Mathers, Colorado and DF last year – said the group had decided to exit the brand from apparel and focus on footwear following a strategic review of its retail brand portfolio. Instead, MFG will turn DF's focus to its core business and "objective of being Australia's best footwear company". All DF-branded stores will be closing over the coming months while the current spring summer 17/18 collection will be its last. "This was a difficult decision because Diana Ferrari retail and its apparel division have been solid performers with a loyal customer base and staff dedicated to a high level of customer service," MFG CEO Jay Munro told IRW. "However, focusing purely on footwear across all MFG brands is the right strategic decision for the company in the current retail landscape." "Our strength and heritage is in managing footwear brands and it is important to position the company to maximise its potential and return." ► RRP $14.95 I S S U E 2 1 7 1 Retailers step into consolidation in the New Year BY DIMITRI SOTIROPOULOS INSIDE RETAIL WEEKLY OPINION: Rocky waters ahead for fran- chise businesses Challenges lie ahead for Franchised Food Company and Retail Food Group. p8 FEATURE: 6 brand trends to watch From creative experi- ences to the rise of BFF marketing, here's what's to come for retailers. p16 NEWS: Domino's pay deal hits hurdle Retail and Fast Food Workers Union pro- poses changes to fran- chise's new enterprise agreement. p4 NEWS: A very merry Christmas? The jury's still out on whether it was actually a successful festive season for retailers. p3 FROM THE SOURCE: Eric Morris, Review We chat to the PAS Group CEO about taking the glamorous vintage-inspired brand overseas this year. p12 FEATURE: Booze on the menu Fast food retailers are planning to cash in on offering customers alcohol in the new year. p20 News and views on the world of retail since 1972 10 JAN 2018 V I S I T : I N S I D E R E T A I L . C O M . A U

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