Not taxing: The depreciation of the Australian dollar has boosted tourist numbers

Operators in the Duty Free Stores industry have struggled over the past five years. Despite growth in international arrivals and departures in Australia, negative consumer sentiment over much of the period hindered industry trading conditions. The depreciation of the Australian dollar over the past five years also hampered demand for duty free goods, producing mixed results for the industry. The decline of the Australian dollar made travel to Australia more affordable for international consumers, but also made international travel for Australians more expensive. The relative affordability of travel for both Australian and international consumers had a flow-on effect and supported spending in duty free stores. Overall, industry revenue is expected to increase at an annualised more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Travellers seek value by comparing prices among industry operators and traditional retailers
  • Weak discretionary income growth has hindered trading conditions across the duty free market
  • Increases in international travel into and out of Australian will fuel demand for duty free products
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    The Duty Free Stores industry retails a range of duty free products to travellers. The key items sold are perfume and cosmetics, liquor, luxury goods and tobacco. Variations in real household discretionary income, consumer sentiment and changes to legislation that govern how much of particular products can be brought into Australia, have affected product sales over the past five years. With the exception of alcohol and tobacco restrictions, adult travellers entering Australia are permitted to import $900 worth of duty free products. The limit for non-adult travellers is $450. Products covered by this restriction include cameras, leather goods, watches, jewellery, perfume concentrates, electronics and sporting equipment...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Duty Free Stores Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Duty Free Stores Industry are

  • Ability to alter goods in favour of market conditions
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Attractive product presentation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Consumer sentiment index and International travel by Australians in the Duty Free Stores industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Duty Free Stores Industry?

    Duty free stores primarily sell a range of goods to international travellers. Duty free stores are essentially warehouses that are licenced and controlled by Federal Government customs and excise legislation. These warehouses are permitted to operate as retail outlets to sell customable and excisable goods to international sea and air travellers. Traditional retailers are not included in the industry, but rather operate as external competitors.

    Industry Products
  • Perfume and cosmetics
  • Liquor
  • Luxury goods
  • Tobacco
  • Food and confectionery
  • Electronics
  • Literature and publications
  • Other goods
  • Industry Activities
  • Duty free perfume and cosmetics retailing
  • Duty free liquor and tobacco retailing
  • Duty free electronics and camera retailing
  • Duty free fashion and accessories retailing
  • Duty free confectionery, snack and souvenir retailing
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Consumer sentiment index
  • International travel by Australians
  • Real household discretionary income
  • Trade-weighted index
  • International travel to Australia

  • Current Performance
  • International tourist market
  • Products and profitability
  • Enterprises and employment
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Trading environment
  • Products and profitability
  • Table: Duty Free Stores Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Duty Free Stores Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer and Computer Peripheral Wholesaling
  • Cosmetics and Toiletry Wholesaling
  • Jewellery and Watch Wholesaling
  • Liquor Wholesaling
  • Telecommunications and Other Electrical Goods Wholesaling
  • Tobacco Product Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Perfume and cosmetics
  • Other goods
  • Liquor
  • Luxury goods
  • Tobacco
  • Food and confectionery
  • Electronics
  • Literature and publications
  • Chart: Duty Free Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged 35 to 54
  • People aged 15 to 34
  • People aged 55 and over
  • People aged 0 to 14
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Duty Free Stores Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Duty Free Stores

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Duty Free Stores Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    James Richardson Corporation Pty Ltd, Heinemann Australia Pty Ltd, Nuance Group (Australia) Pty Limited, DFS Australia Pty Limited,
  • Table: James Richardson Corporation Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Heinemann Australia Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Nuance Group (Australia) Pty Limited - financial performance
  • Table: DFS Australia Pty Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Duty Free Stores Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Duty Free Stores Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Australian Tourists
  • Australian residents that travel to overseas countries for various reasons including work and holidays
  • International Tourists
  • Tourists who are residents of another country that travel to Australia for several reasons including work and holidays.
  • Travel Retailer
  • A retailer that sells goods associated with travel along with duty free items.
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