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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 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 […]

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    Beyond buyers: Higher housing prices indirectly benefit other industries

    The recent statement by Treasurer Joe Hockey advising first-time home owners to simply get a better paying job has caused a media uproar. However, in the midst of the debate, it is easy to forget that housing prices do not just affect home owners and prospective buyers. The effect of housing prices on other industries, including […]

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    On the rebound: Australia’s mining sector set to recover

    After a period of declining revenue, several major Australian mining industries are expected to bounce back in 2015-16, IBISWorld reveals Australia’s mining division is set to recover in 2015-16, following a dramatic drop in both revenue and exports in 2014-15. This substantial year-to-year volatility has been driven by increased production of some of Australia’s key […]

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    Fertility service providers adopt differing strategies to nurture growth

    Assisted reproductive technology (ART) service providers operate in an evolving industry, with increasing demand from consumers. Although the birth rate is expected to grow by 2.9% over the five years through 2014-15, one in six Australian couples is expected to suffer from infertility. As a result, fertility services revenue is expected to grow by 4.2% […]

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    Taking cover: Private equity firms show interest in Australian vegetable growers

    The under-cover vegetable growing industry has remained sheltered from the erratic weather conditions of the past five years. As a result, international private equity firms have expressed interest in some of Australia’s major horticulture companies. Costa Group’s impending initial public offering (IPO) is the latest example of the trend. Vegetables grown under cover (i.e. in […]

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    The diminishing power of monetary policy

    The power of monetary policy has diminished in recent times. Slow business investment and a relatively solid dollar have weakened the effects of low interest rates, demonstrating the diminishing power of monetary policy. A previously record low cash rate of 2.50%, which had remained unchanged since August 2013, has not provided any substantial stimulus for […]

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    Pamper pack: Australians spoil mum with premium products and experiences

    Improving consumer sentiment and higher discretionary income drove Australians to spend more on unique, personalised gifts for mum this Mother’s Day. The cross-industry trend towards niche, high-quality products is evident in the spending breakdown, which sees eating out increasing in popularity and massages and artisanal consumables maintaining steady shares. The traditional gifts of the past […]

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    On fertile ground: Industries benefiting from the coming baby boom

    On fertile ground: Industries benefiting from the coming baby boom

    With Australia’s birth rate set to rise by 6.4% over the next five years, business information analysts at IBISWorld reveal the industries expected to benefit from a mini baby boom. Over the next five years, a wide range of Australian industries are set to grow by between 3.0% and 36.2% as a result of a […]

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    Great outdoors: Domestic tourism will focus on camping and caravanning

    Stronger interest in international travel and an ageing population are changing the growth prospects of domestic tourism. Australians are expected to continue travelling abroad despite the weaker dollar, and the number of international trips taken by Australian residents is forecast to grow strongly over the next five years. Domestic trips, on the other hand, are […]