Australian Franchises

2008 Franchising Australia survey released

Written on the 24 October 2008

Griffith University has just released it's 2008 Franchising Australia report, a comprehensive overview into the franchise sector in Australia.

The report reveals that franchising is continuing to expand in 2008.  The main findings were:

  • There are approximately 1100 business format franchisors in Australia in 2008, compared with 960 in 2006 and 850 and 2004
  • There are an estimated 71 400 units operating in business format franchises
  • The growth rate in franchised units from 2006 to 2008 was 15.4 percent
  • More than 400 000 persons are employed in business format franchise organisations
  • Sales turnover of the entire franchising sector was estimated at $130 billion in 2007
  • Some 91 percent of franchisors are Australian home-grown systems
  • More than one quarter of Australian based franchisors are currently operating internationally

The continued growth of Australian franchising is impressive, considering the current economic challenges, the change of government last year, and the close government scrutiny the industry has faced in recent times. 

Franchisors view the next 12 months as challenging, but conservatively estimate that sales and profitability will remain constant.

View the full report here.

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