Opinion: Is retail through the worst of the pandemic pain?

As Melburnians emerged from 110 days of lockdown, pent-up demand saw retailers in the state get a welcome boost. Reportedly, about 10,000 shoppers passed through the doors of Kmart’s late-night Melbourne stores in just six hours. It was a relief and an encouraging sign that there was light at the end of the recession tunnel. But does this mean the pain is over? Or are there still challenging times to come? According to data from Westpac, consumer confidence in October was not only up on recent