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    Australian SMEs hold their own in times of consolidation

    Australian SMEs hold their own in times of consolidation

    IBISWorld examines the industries dominated by small and medium-sized enterprises Size matters – and in business, scale matters. Scale often brings lower overheads and reduces the cost of production, which allows firms to improve their profit margins and expand operations. Although this is often a recipe for success, some businesses tend to flourish with smaller […]

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    Privatisation: What’s all the fuss about?

    Privatisation: What’s all the fuss about?

    Privatisation has been a bête noire for many voters and the Labor Party in recent times, particularly at state elections, including the dramatic Queensland election earlier this year. This seems odd given that over the past few decades, governments at federal, state and local levels have sold around $200 billion (in today’s money terms) in […]

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    Full tank: Sharp falls in oil prices due to oversupply have divergent effects

    After a long period of historically high oil prices, recent dramatic falls have significantly altered the cost structures of many industries across Australia. A global oversupply of oil, driven by strong production of American shale oil, has pushed oil prices lower. OPEC members, which produce over 40% of the world’s oil, have responded to this […]

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    Top 1000 Companies 2014

    Top 1000 Companies 2014

    IBISWorld’s 2014 Top 1000 Companies list is an overview of the country’s biggest firms, and provides an insight into the industries that have been making their mark on the Australian economy in 2014. IBISWorld’s 2014 Top 1000 Companies list provides an overview of Australia’s largest private, public and government organisations, ranked by revenue. During 2014, […]

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    An industry perspective

    An industry perspective

    Australians have a general idea that most jobs are in the service industries these days, yet often worry that the nation may suffer with the decline and loss of jobs in the traditional sectors. But it has long been that way, as the first chart reminds us. This chart shows the relative importance of industries […]

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    Women on the long way to the top

    As Australia celebrates International Women’s Day, business information analysts at IBISWorld reveal where in the economy women are rapidly climbing the corporate ladder – and why this is set to continue. Australian women are increasingly breaking through the glass ceiling and moving into senior management and board positions. According to IBISWorld analysis, women make up 23.3% […]

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    Risky business: IBISWorld reveals the safest and riskiest industries in 2015-16

    Risky business: IBISWorld reveals the safest and riskiest industries in 2015-16

    As the Australian economy enters a period of uncertainty characterised by falling capital expenditure on mining, a shrinking manufacturing sector and soft consumer spending, IBISWorld highlights the safest industries and those at greatest risk. From mining and mineral exploration to crisis care, hospitals and super funds, IBISWorld industry analysts have compiled data and analysis based […]

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    Fast-growing sharing economy threatens established transport and accommodation players

    In the past five years, a number of websites and apps have emerged, dedicated to different aspects of the ‘sharing economy’. These include global companies like Airbnb and Uber, in addition to local players like Airtasker, Open Shed and websites like Gumtree. The sharing economy involves consumers using their private property and time to make […]

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    Niche operators win the beauty contest

    Long-term shifts in consumer preferences towards health and wellbeing, combined with shifts in consumer sentiment and intensifying competition, have prompted established retailers in the cosmetic and toiletry retailing industry to re-evaluate their business strategies. Increased competition from online cosmetic retailers such as StrawberryNET, foreign entrants like Sephora and supermarkets looking to substantially increase market share […]

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    Silver screen slowdown: Cinemas under threat from streaming services

    Silver screen slowdown: Cinemas under threat from streaming services

    Web-based video streaming and illegal downloads are challenging the long-term prospects of the cinemas industry, with the impending Australian launch of Netflix set to add to the industry’s troubles. However, this is not the first time in silver screen history that cinema operators have faced such a major threat. The introduction of television in the […]