OPTIMISTIC: Diane Brewer-Charles of Maddeson & Eve in Star Court Arcade, Lismore.
OPTIMISTIC: Diane Brewer-Charles of Maddeson & Eve in Star Court Arcade, Lismore. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Retailer steps forward on better sales figures

OWNER of Lismore women's clothing store Maddeson & Eve, Diane Brewer-Charles, proves the retail sector is back on top just in time for the Christmas season.

Moving from a smaller store, where the business began in 2011, into larger premises in the front of the Star Court Arcade, Mrs Brewer-Charles said she "seized an opportunity" as the retail sector began to show signs of recovery post-global financial crisis.

"We've moved into a new store because things are going well and being on the street front will get more attention," she said.

"Retail is on the up and people are getting a bit more confident, but they want to shop locally."

However, it's not just frivolous spending Mrs Brewer-Charles said.

"I still think people are being quite discerning with what they're buying but they would prefer to pay that little bit more to get quality goods," she said.

"I've definitely seen more people through the door and with Christmas coming and things are definitely improving, and whether it's the change of government or something else, every one has started spending a bit more."

And it's not just downtown Lismore taking a big sigh of relief, the same can be said for Lismore Shopping Square as marketing manager Mel Carrero said there had also been more people through their doors compared to last year.

"Lismore Shopping Square has been seeing growth in door counts for the past few months and the centre was up on last year as a whole," Ms Carrero said.

"We are hoping the rise in consumer confidence continues into Christmas and if people continue to consider the importance of shopping locally we will hopefully see growth in retail and work within this field."

Our local success comes as the latest statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show Australian retail turnover rose by 2.6% nationally as compared to the same time last year with the biggest hike in clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing rising by 1.3%.

The biggest rise was in department stores.

Liquor retailing fell by 0.5% on last year's figures.