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    Knowing Where We Stand in Our Region

    Knowing Where We Stand in Our Region

    We need to develop more perspective and vision regarding the world outside our own country – a fast-emerging borderless world. Thanks to many developments over the past half century, we have more exposure to trade, investment, jobs, people movements and especially information. This represents a threat to some and an opportunity to others. Most countries throughout […]

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    Diving in: Adventurous inbound tourists and a weak dollar boost tourism industries

    The Australian tourism industry has experienced a second wind over the past five years. While industry revenue is forecast to grow over the five years through 2015-16, the relative competitiveness of domestic travel in Australia compared with the allure of exotic foreign locations weighed on industry success in the first half of the period. This […]

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    Cheesy does it: Australian cheese manufacturers perform well despite tough conditions

    Cheesy does it: Australian cheese manufacturers perform well despite tough conditions

    Cheese manufacturers Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co Limited and Bega Cheese Limited have faced erratic market conditions over the past five years. While dairy prices have risen due to growing global demand, Australian cheese consumption has slowed, with consumers increasingly adopting healthier lifestyles. Australian consumers are also favouring quality over quantity, with sales of fresh cheeses […]

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    Come fly with me: Australian airports compete to attract international airline traffic

    Come fly with me: Australian airports compete to attract international airline traffic

    Sydney Airport has long been the first stop for international travellers arriving in Australia. However, capacity issues, high service fees and increasing competition from Melbourne Airport have led to Sydney losing market share. The airport operations industry has seen revenue grow by 4.8% annualised over the five years through 2014-15, to reach $4.7 billion. Over […]

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    Muesli bars

    Health snack food production set to soar as Australians seek healthier options

    IBISWorld reveals the top trends in snack food production and retail. Australians are navigating increasingly busy lifestyles, leaving less time to prepare and eat home-made meals. As a result, the overall consumption of snack foods is increasing. Business information analysts at IBISWorld have forecast that Australia’s Snack Food Manufacturing and Health Snack Food Production industries […]

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    TV and remote

    Wandering eyes: Audience fragmentation continues to affect content producers

    Australians are changing the ways they watch films and television programs. Factors such as the growing number of digital television channels, the expansion of pay-TV providers and greater instances of internet piracy are all fragmenting traditionally monolithic television audiences. This trend towards audience fragmentation has been intensified by the entry of US-based streaming giant Netflix […]

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    Credit cards

    Competitive rates: Banks and card administrators chase growth through diverse strategies

    Competition in the credit card issuance industry is heating up as banks and lenders extend interest-free periods, honeymoon periods for introductory rates, balance transfers and other offers to consumers. These promotional offers, while putting downward pressure on revenue, are expected to drive an increasing uptake of credit cards over the next five years. Despite the […]

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    Groceries in basket

    Wholesalers pressured by the increasing dominance of major supermarkets

    General line grocery wholesaling is big business, with the industry worth an estimated $20.4 billion in 2014-15. Wholesalers in the industry usually carry at least three product lines including meat, dairy, seafood, fruit and vegetables, confectionary or soft drinks, and liquor or tobacco. General line grocery wholesalers service two major markets: food retailers and food-service […]

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    Profitability Across Our Industries

    Profitability Across Our Industries

    The profitability of the nation’s industries and companies varies enormously; it always has, and the pecking order changes slowly over time too. We have 509 industry classes in the Australian economy, aggregated into 19 major industry divisions, and housing over 2 million businesses. However, the largest 2,000 companies (plus their subsidiaries) account for nearly half […]

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    Beer in glasses

    Beer boom: Brewers capitalise on the growing popularity of craft beers

    Australian beer manufacturers have struggled over the past five years due to a sharp decline in beer consumption coupled with increasingly discerning consumers preferring quality craft and premium beers over traditional brands. As a result, major Australian brewers Lion Pty Limited and SABMiller Beverage Investments Pty Limited are realigning their business strategies to capitalise on […]