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    Flying high or grounded?

    Flying high or grounded?

    New research by IBISWorld suggests that 2017 is likely to be characterised by growth in Road and Bridge Construction, Sugar Manufacturing, Oil and Gas Extraction, Data Storage and Child Care Services. While these industries are preparing for a bumper year, others may have to adjust to new commercial situations or limit their expectations for growth, […]

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    Soaring: Booming Australian tourism is creating a need for investment

    Soaring: Booming Australian tourism is creating a need for investment

    The number of overseas tourists visiting Australia is expected to grow rapidly over the coming decades. Many of these tourists are anticipated to be travelling from Asia, with China likely to overtake New Zealand to become Australia’s number one inbound tourist market in 2016-17. Tourism Research Australia forecasts that Chinese tourists will be spending $20.3 […]

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    Australia in 2017

    Australia in 2017

    Global discombobulation seems to be the order of the day as we face 2017. Some bizarre politics, terrorism, mistruths about free trade and globalisation, digital disruption, polarised incomes and wealth, and more – are all making many of the world’s 7.4 billion people fearful. It was a strange 2016 and there seems to be no […]

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    Good harvest: Free trade agreements boost fruit and vegetable exports

    Good harvest: Free trade agreements boost fruit and vegetable exports

    Australian fresh fruit and vegetable exports have surged since the signing of several free trade agreements (FTAs) in 2014 and 2015. Deals with China, Japan and South Korea have reduced or eliminated tariffs on Australian produce entering these countries. The Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement came into effect in January 2015, immediately eliminating many tariffs on […]

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    The 2016 US Election in Perspective

    The 2016 US Election in Perspective

    The 8 November Election for the US Congress and President came at an interesting point in history. The economy of western countries, led by the US in the 20th century, was overtaken by that of eastern countries in early 2016. The US is in no hurry to hand over the leader’s baton of the west […]

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    Urban myths versus the right information

    Urban myths versus the right information

    American corporates on the NYSE have been the world’s most profitable, on a weighted-average basis, in the post-Industrial Age over the past half century. The average American company’s profitability has been four times the long-term bond rate, which continued through the global financial crisis and beyond. In contrast, Australian companies’ average profitability on the ASX […]

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    Cheap and cheerful:  Festive shoppers seek bargains as spending is tipped to disappoint

    Cheap and cheerful: Festive shoppers seek bargains as spending is tipped to disappoint

    According to IBISWorld, Christmas retail spending is set to remain flat this December, growing by only 0.4% on last year’s sales as consumers tighten their belts. Early indications suggest Australians are becoming more frugal this December, which will be reflected in an increased interest in early sales, deep discounting and bargains. In the lead up […]

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    Good job: IBISWorld reveals industries with strong employment growth

    Good job: IBISWorld reveals industries with strong employment growth

    As thousands of school leavers across the country evaluate whether to pursue further education, vocational education and apprenticeships, or full-time employment in light of their high school exam results, IBISWorld has revealed the key industries tipped to enjoy employment growth over the coming years. Demand for technology The Online Shopping industry is expected to be […]

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    Shopping around: Many shopping centres are undergoing renovations

    Shopping around: Many shopping centres are undergoing renovations

    Over the last couple of years, many major shopping centres have been undergoing huge makeovers and renovations to attract more patrons. As the shopping centre operators industry is currently in the mature phase of its economic life cycle, these redevelopments have aimed to stimulate revenue growth. Revenue for this industry has fluctuated over the past […]

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    Rough patch: Pumpkin Patch loses out to cheaper retailers

    Rough patch: Pumpkin Patch loses out to cheaper retailers

    Pumpkin Patch Limited went into receivership on 26 October, and 27 of its 124 Australian stores will close by 15 November. The children’s clothing retail chain was founded in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1990. However, the bulk of its revenue has come from its Australian operations. Pumpkin Patch had previously expanded into the United Kingdom […]