Spooked by Abbott’s carbon price hype

Gerry Harvey, Paul Zahra and John Gandel are warning of the massive threat the carbon price poses to the retail sector – but the numbers suggest their concerns are more grounded in Coalition rhetoric than fact.

A number of retail business leaders are complaining that the carbon price will severely harm their business and that it must be delayed. Gerry Harvey has been one, and even the CEO of David Jones, Paul Zahra, used the carbon price as an excuse for his business’ poor performance about 12 months ago (nothing to do with him and his business model of course).  

Just a few days ago, we had Gandel claiming the carbon price would be more harmful to his business interests than the threat of online retailing, which so far appears to have taken a chainsaw to retailer margins.

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