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    Building up: High-density housing trends have benefited construction companies

    Building up: High-density housing trends have benefited construction companies

    Many significant events have influenced the global economy over the last year. Some of these events have affected the Australian economy as a whole, and some have hampered growth in certain industries. IBISWorld compiles an annual list of Australia’s Top 500 Private Companies, in partnership with the Australian Financial Review, which ranks companies by total […]

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    Connected: Web designers and smartphone app developers are in demand

    Connected: Web designers and smartphone app developers are in demand

    The web design services and smartphone app development industries have grown strongly over the past five years. Revenue growth has been driven by increased smartphone and tablet browsing, the rising popularity of e-commerce, and enhanced domestic web accessibility, fuelled by the NBN rollout. Demand for web designers has increased over the past five years. This […]

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    Face off: Television networks are competing for lucrative sports broadcasting rights

    Face off: Television networks are competing for lucrative sports broadcasting rights

    On 5 August, the 2016 Summer Olympics kicked off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with Channel Seven reportedly paying around $150 million for the Australian broadcasting rights. Big-ticket sporting events like the Rio Olympics are becoming increasingly important to Australian television broadcasters, as changing viewership patterns and declining advertising revenue force them to rethink their […]

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    Australia’s Growth Industries

    Australia’s Growth Industries

    We are told that Australia is the fastest growing economy in the developed world. True, but at 2.7% in the year to March 2016 and the same growth per annum over the past five years, we are not growing as fast as Australia’s average over the past 50 years (3.2% per annum) or the 20th […]

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    Great shape: Increasing health consciousness has boosted the popularity of gyms

    Great shape: Increasing health consciousness has boosted the popularity of gyms

    Many gym and fitness centre operators have capitalised on consumer trends towards wellness and health consciousness over the past five years. Two companies that have benefited greatly from these trends are Anytime Australia Pty Ltd (trading as Anytime Fitness) and Ardent Leisure Group (Goodlife Health Clubs). Both companies have achieved significant jumps in revenue over […]

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    Credit crunch: New RBA standards aim to reduce card payment surcharges

    Credit crunch: New RBA standards aim to reduce card payment surcharges

    In May 2016, the RBA announced new standards relating to merchant surcharges on credit and debit card schemes after a review into card payment systems identified instances of merchants charging customers excessive surcharges. Three new standards will be implemented which aim to reduce processing surcharges for consumers using card payments. The new standards will also […]

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    Delivering the goods: Consumer trends cause fast food outlets to change tactics

    Delivering the goods: Consumer trends cause fast food outlets to change tactics

    Changing consumer trends have favoured premium and healthy food produce in recent years, to the detriment of traditional fast food outlets. This trend has played out in the pizza restaurant and takeaway industry, as Pizza Hut has struggled to maintain growth as smaller pizza store operators have increasingly offered premium produce. However, Domino’s Pizza has […]

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    Flying high: Domestic airlines are lifting off again as capacity falls

    Flying high: Domestic airlines are lifting off again as capacity falls

    Qantas Airways Limited and Virgin Australia Holdings Limited, Australia’s largest two domestic carriers, were locked in an aggressive price-based competition over most of the past five years, vying for greater market share in the domestic airlines industry. This price war slowed in mid-2015 due to losses in 2013-14 (and in 2014-15 for Virgin), which caused […]

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    Saving their bacon: Pig farmers are shifting focus to beat cheap imports

    Saving their bacon: Pig farmers are shifting focus to beat cheap imports

    Although the beef cattle farming industry has enjoyed strong revenue growth and widespread media attention over the past five years, few have noticed the pig farming industry. Over the past five years, the pig farming industry has, in fact, quietly outperformed the beef cattle farming industry in terms of revenue growth. Over the period, mounting […]

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    Clear waters ahead: Increased defence spending set to benefit shipbuilders

    Clear waters ahead: Increased defence spending set to benefit shipbuilders

    Defence spending has rebounded over the past five years, following significant cuts in 2010-11. Since 2013-14, the Federal Government has made strong commitments to boost defence spending over the next decade. The Defence White Paper, released in February 2016, has outlined the Federal Government’s intention to support Australian shipbuilding firms. Contracts awarded to Australian companies […]