Woolies owns Dicks? hehe that's too weird
Yup, you'd be surprised at just what/how much Woolies owns... it has spread its onerous wings into just about every corner of the retail market: groceries; electronics; fuel; alcohol; clothing; medicinals; optometry; real estate; entertainment; fitness and training, etc, etc. I worked for Woolies as a nightfill manager for a while, but told 'em to shove it because I vehemently disagree with its pricing and profiteering policies... the fact that the pay farmers rock bottom prices for their produce and mark it up anywhere between 400% and 900%... the fact that it drives small business competitors (butchers and greengrocers in particular) out of business with insanely low prices then raises them again to insane highs when the competition is squashed.
Worse still, Woolies is killing off our farmers with its predatory buying/pricing policies. My brother-in-law down in Tassie is a sheep farmer who used to supply Woolies with lamb, but their policies have all but put him out of business and he's struggling to keep his head above water. They were buying ALL his lamb for $1.39 per kilo and selling it anything up to $18 - $19 a kilo, and when he asked for a better price they told him to go get stuffed and terminated the contract, leaving him with lamb he can not sell because there are too few (if any) local buyers due to being driven ourt of business by Woolies' predatory pricing. The sad thing is that Denny is only one of thousands of our farmers being forced off the land, not through drought or mortgage foreclosures, but by Woolworths greed.
starkers, I thought Japan owned most of Australia, they're turning it into one big golf course
The US owns more of Oz than the Japanese... in fact, the US probably owns more of Australia (business-wise) than Aussies do.
You know you're addicted to technology when you hunt for a gadget that tells you which products are Australian owned AND made when you're out shopping.... sadly, they are becoming fewer and fewer by the week/month.