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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 […]

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    Fast fashion expansion into homewares poses a challenge to established local retailers

    Fast fashion expansion into homewares poses a challenge to established local retailers

    International fast fashion chains are expanding into the Australian homewares and furniture market, which presents a new challenge for local operators. IBISWorld expects fast fashion brands to enjoy double-digit annualised growth in homewares and furniture sales over the next five years. Major global brands such as H&M and Zara are bringing their fast fashion business […]

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    Universities on the line

    Universities on the line

    As online education providers enter the higher education market, many traditional universities are expanding into the virtual space. Online educators include content providers that offer accredited and unaccredited units known as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Some MOOC providers, such as Open Universities Australia (OUA), are supported by universities. Others, such as Cengage Learning Australia, […]

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    It’s a small world in the freelance economy

    It’s a small world in the freelance economy

    The factor that makes websites so popular for businesses – their borderless nature – is supporting a growing external threat to the Australian web design services industry. More work is being outsourced to freelancers, many of which are located overseas. Online outsourcing platforms such as DesignCrowd, Freelancer and Elance are intensifying globalisation in the web […]

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    IBISWorld reveals the industries set to fly and fall in 2015

    IBISWorld reveals the industries set to fly and fall in 2015

    As Australian companies enter the new year, business information analysts at IBISWorld reveal the five industries expected to soar and the five expected to sink. Business information analysts at IBISWorld expect 2015 to be a boom year for a wide array of industries. Coal seam gas extraction will provide the benchmark for others to chase, […]

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    Australians set to jump-start the New Year with a new set of wheels

    Australians set to jump-start the New Year with a new set of wheels

    IBISWorld tips record new car loans in 2015 with low interest rates and strong property prices  While there’s always plenty of talk about Australians’ love affair with investing in property, IBISWorld research reveals we’re turning our attention to cars in 2015, following a recent upward trend in the use of finance to purchase passenger vehicles. […]

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    Powering down: Growth in electricity distribution revenue to slow

    Powering down: Growth in electricity distribution revenue to slow

    After a period of steeply increasing electricity costs, consumers in New South Wales and Tasmania are finally going to get a break. The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has released new revenue determinations for the 2014-15 to 2018-19 regulatory period for the two states, and the changes are likely to result in significant reductions to end […]