Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd. operates and franchises household goods retail stores. The company grants franchises to the independent business operators, as business owners who retail products for the home and office, which include electrical, computers & communications, small appliances, furniture, bedding & manchester, home improvements, lighting and carpet & flooring. It operates business through the following segments: Franchising Operations, Retail-New Zealand, Retail-Asia, Retail-Slovenia & Croatia, Retail-Ireland & Northern Ireland, Non-Franchised Retail-Clive Peeters and Rick Hart, Non-Franchised Retail, Retail Property, Property under Construction for Retail, Property Developments for Resale, Equity Investments and Other. The Franchising Operations segment consists of the franchising operations of the consolidated entity. The Retail-New Zealand segment consists of the wholly-owned operations in the retail trading operations in New Zealand under the Harvey Norman and Norman Ross brand names. The Retail-Asia segment consists of the controlling interest in the retail trading operations in Singapore and Malaysia under the Harvey Norman and Space brand names. The Retail-Slovenia & Croatia segment consists of the wholly-owned operations in the retail trading operations in Slovenia and Croatia under the Harvey Norman brand name. The Retail-Ireland & Northern Ireland segment consists of the wholly-owned operations in the retail trading operations in Ireland and Northern Ireland under the Harvey Norman brand name. The Non-Franchised Retail-Clive Peeters and Rick Hart segment consists of the wholly-owned operations under the Clive Peeters and Rick Hart brand names prior to the restructure. The Non-Franchised Retail segment consists of the retail trading operations in Australia. The Retail Property segment consists of land and buildings for each retail site that is fully operational or is ready and able to be tenanted. The Property under Construction for Retail segment consists of sites that are currently undergoing construction at year-end intended for retail leasing. The Property Developments for Resale segment consists of land and buildings acquired by the consolidated entity, to be developed, or currently under development, for the sole purpose of resale at a profit. The Equity Investments segment refers to the trading of, and investment in, listed securities. The Other segment relates to credit facilities provided to third parties and other unallocated income and expense items. The company was founded by Gerald Harvey and Ian John Norman in October 1982 and is headquartered in Sydney, Australia.