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  • Infrastructure | Business Spectator
    Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Infrastructure Super funds chase asset sales Large super funds look to accelerate pace of govt privatisations report 3 42am January 09 8 comments Labor urges transport rethink Oppn says PM has made strategic error by eschewing funding for public transport 1 34pm January 08 20 comments Govts stare down 64bn windfall Infrastructure Australia analysis shows earnings potential of asset sales report 6 13am January 08 36 comments Buckley to quit as Cardno CEO Michael Renshaw will replace Andrew Buckley in top job from March 1 10 47am January 06 JP Morgan Lazard to assess Qld infrastructure assets State govt hires firms for scoping studies to prepare two port assets for potential sale by Brett Cole 11 53am December 30 Queensland Motorways bids due Feb 7 QIC hopes to close the sale of Queensland Motorways by the end of April by Brett Cole 2 23am December 27 APA sweetens Envestra bid Gas infrastructure business looks to take full control of Envestra with 2 2bn bid 9 46am December 17 Leighton Mirvac JV for Perth City Link Development represents 40 per cent of 5 2 billion WA project 4 52am December 16 QIC to chase 5 5bn trade sale Super fund manager to pursue sale over IPO for Queensland Motorways by Bridget Carter The Australian 2 44pm December 15 Qld seeks advisers on power port assets The state government will select investment banks and legal firms to conduct scoping studies for its electricity and port assets by Brett Cole 5 34pm December 13 First bids for Qld Motorways due in January The winner of the auction of 62 kms of roads and bridges will probably be announced in April by Brett Cole 4 55pm December 13 2 comments Negotiating a net gain for NBN Co and the telcos Renegotiating deals with Telstra and Optus may not be so difficult for NBN Co With the value of the copper network already set the parties will be focused on the less contentious issue of its lease or sale by Stephen Bartholomeusz 1 15pm December 13 18 comments Transurban to make QML bid report Toll road group may team with Australian Super in Queensland Motorways auction 4 37am December 13 Turnbull dodges the worst from a damning NBN review The Coalition s strategic review vindicates Malcolm Turnbull s plan to make the most of existing networks and save taxpayers an absurd expense But his credibility now hangs on the delivery by Stephen Bartholomeusz 12 35pm December 12 80 comments APA upgrades earnings guidance Gas infrastructure company increases EBITDA forecast by 2 on strong H1 performance 9 56am December 11 WA eyes Western Power windfall Western Power which owns and operates the state s

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  • Insurance | Business Spectator
    Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Insurance Value Investor QBE is still at a premium There is potentially more fallout to come from QBE s ill fated expansion into the US Given its history of disappointment a clean set of financial numbers is needed to restore confidence by Stocks In Value 12 30pm January 10 2 comments China s Fosun buys Portuguese insurer in privatisation The Chinese conglomerate will acquire an 80 stake in the insurance arm of Portuguese state bank 8 57am January 10 Why a public asset sell off is on the money Increased competition from the private sector weakens the argument for public ownership of Medibank Private and Australia Post and strengthens the case for giving those companies access to capital to pursue higher returns by Stephen Bartholomeusz 1 23pm January 06 56 comments IAG boosts catastrophe cover Insurer takes advantage of favourable market to bolster reinsurance program 11 01am January 02 1 comment Wesfarmers value is off Target Diversification has created numerous sources of revenue growth for Wesfarmers but its underperforming business units continue to drag down earnings by Stocks In Value 10 46am December 20 2 comments Cover More shares plunge 18 in early trade Shares in the travel insurer and medical assistance company fall sharply on ASX debut by Brett Cole 2 09pm December 19 IAG placement raises 1 2bn Shares fall as insurer completes capital raising to help fund acquisition 11 09am December 17 Lloyd s chooses first female CEO Lloyd s of London chooses Inga Beale to succeed Richard Ward 1 47am December 17 Speed MnA dating Wesfarmers and IAG The 1 84 billion sale of Wesfarmers insurance unit to Insurance Australia Group was done in four weeks by Brett Cole 5 37pm December 16 The premium benefits of the Wesfarmers IAG deal Wesfarmers sale of its insurance underwriting division to IAG has advantages for both parties It will de risk Wesfarmers retail based portfolio and will allow IAG to become a market leader in intermediated insurance by Stephen Bartholomeusz 3 06pm December 16 IAG buys Wesfarmers insurance arm Insurer to pay 1 85bn for underwriting operations enters trading halt to conduct share placement to fund purchase 10 11am December 16 Cover More IPO raises 521m Macquarie and UBS the two leading underwriters of IPOs in Australia placed most of Cover More s shares with key investors two weeks ago by Brett Cole 3 02pm December 11 QBE credit rating cut Moody s downgrade comes as insurer s share price keeps falling on loss forecast 12 05am December 11 Navigating the downgrade deluge Investors may opt to part ways altogether with repeat profit warning offenders especially when factors outside the industry are driving the downgrades by Kirstie Spicer 11 08am December 10 3 comments QBE dives on profit downgrade Insurer sees loss of US250m on North American writedowns Becker

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  • Manufacturing | Business Spectator
    the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Manufacturing GM asked to give up Holden SA premier to ask if car giant could offload Aust brand to rival 11 42pm January 08 Point Henry decision in March Alcoa to make call on future of Vic aluminium smelter report 1 09am January 07 2 comments Toyota nears Aust decision Decision on local manufacturing likely to be made by mid year 11 27pm January 06 10 comments Abnormal QLD power prices force smelter production cut Aluminium smelter to cut production blaming abnormally high Queensland prices relative to NSW and Vic 12 25pm January 06 Ansell completes BarrierSafe buy Protective clothing maker acquires purchase of single use glove provider 10 51am January 03 Chinese manufacturing slips in Dec HSBC survey shows activity falls but sector keeps expanding 4 00pm January 02 Manufacturing slips in December AiG Performance of Manufacturing Index shows sector contracts in the month at slightly faster rate than in November 9 32am January 02 PaperlinX to axe jobs in Germany UK Group flags further cost cutting measures reiterates positive profit guidance 2 35pm December 24 Amcor to buy Constar assets Group will acquire selection of US assets from Constar International Holdings 10 13am December 20 SPC still pushing for govt aid Food processor s agreement to conditions may see it get federal funds report 1 55am December 20 4 comments End of the road for good money after bad The government was right not to bow to pressure to throw even more taxpayer funds at General Motors and instead direct the 100 million manufacturing industry package toward generating new and competitive activity by Stephen Bartholomeusz 5 54pm December 19 48 comments ACCC flags BlueScope merger concerns Watchdog says OneSteel takeover would affect competition in WA market 10 01am December 19 2 comments Govt not keen on SPC aid report Cabinet ministers reluctant to back food processor s request for cash 3 18am December 19 17 comments Geminder upbeat on Pact Pact boss remains bullish on packaging group despite disappointing ASX debut by Damon Kitney The Australian 12 47am December 18 List of IPO debut flops grows The past week has seen most IPOs underperform the market on debut since a raft of successful book builds last month by Amanda Saunders 4 10pm December 17 1 comment Pact Group falls on debut The Raphael Geminder chaired packaging empire shed more than 12 per cent by Amanda Saunders 12 29pm December 17 Defence project may need 1bn bailout Govt may have to inject cash into nation s largest defence project report

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  • Media and Digital | Business Spectator
    Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Media and Digital 21st Century Fox shares slide Shares in media company drop sharply on news of plans to delist from ASX 5 30pm January 10 1 comment Howlers abound in The Wolf of Wall Street There are plenty of hedonistic highs in Martin Scorsese s The Wolf of Wall Street but the important stories of disgraced stockbroker Jordan Belfort s victims remain untold by Mathew Murphy 7 13am January 10 11 comments 21st Century Fox to delist from ASX Move subject to shareholder approval News Corp confirms it will maintain listing in Australia 5 35pm January 09 Australia risks missing tech boom Start ups enticed by incentives moving operations overseas report 2 34pm January 08 3 comments Where the new jobs are In the digital economy jobs in high growth tech industries are being centralised around company headquarters Cities that cannot foster these companies will lose out in the race for jobs by Paul McCarthy 7 27am January 06 8 comments Digital music downloads fall Sales decline the largest since launch of iTunes in 2003 11 18am January 05 Fox sells Star China TV stake 21st Century Fox sells 47 per cent holding to JV partner China Media Capital 3 18pm January 03 What we learned about media in 2013 2013 was a banner year for tech upstarts like Twitter and Facebook but a horror year for traditional print publishers And never underestimate the power of television by Ben Shepherd 6 42am January 02 2 comments Twitter founder s next social vision Details of Biz Stone s new social media venture Jelly may be thin on the ground but the app s focus on the nature of connectivity and its suite of high profile backers have the pundits talking by Daniel Palmer 10 03am December 31 The year ahead in media Another year of disruption will intensify the pressure on the old school powerhouses of Australian media by Ben Shepherd 2 14am December 30 3 comments Buffering Google s video future With unparalleled online power Google has the ability to rewrite digital advertising as it pleases Traditional banner ads are being replaced by video and the market will follow by Ben Shepherd 6 59am December 20 Networks fight ad pressure Tensions grow between TV execs and media agencies over ad rates report 4 22am December 20 Zuckerberg to sell Facebook stock Founder and chief executive to offload US2 3 billion worth of his shares 3 37am December 20 Property market steadies REA Hot property market likely puts swift end to rout in REA Group shares by Darren Davidson The Australian 12 51am December 20 Market Insights Wotif woes It s no picnic for travel website Wotif mining services feel more pain and Glenn Stevens gets a grilling on the Aussie dollar by Kirstie

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  • Resources and Energy | Business Spectator
    Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Resources and Energy OM Holdings CEO resigns Peter Toth announces resignation will remain in position until April 4 5 20pm January 10 1 comment Korea China jostle for Aust resources Mining junior Rex Minerals among first to benefit from competition report 3 59pm January 10 1 comment Fed govt should support Alcoa ALP Shorten says Abbott government has given up on manufacturing in Australia 3 28pm January 10 10 comments Solar and wind competitive with fossil fuels Gov t economist Bureau of Resource and Energy Economics updates power costings suggesting wind and solar competitive without carbon price by 2030 11 46am January 10 2 comments Shares in Kimberley Diamonds shine The owner of the Ellendale Mine has seen its shares surge this week sparking talk that another acquisition may be on the cards by Amanda Saunders 10 51am January 10 1 comment Forge enters trading halt Mining services company set to update market on its current financial position 9 24am January 10 2 comments Alcoa swings to Q4 loss Aluminum maker s results weighed by US1 7bn impairment charge 8 36am January 10 1 comment Australia is not the key to China s resource prison CITIC Pacific executives played on China s fears of resource insecurity to justify the terrible performance of their Pilbara mine It s an argument that does more harm than good to both China and Australia by Peter Cai 7 12am January 10 11 comments Exxon 7 Eleven in branding deal Deal reaffirms ExxonMobil s commitment to Aust downstream operations by Barry Fitzgerald The Australian 6 57am January 10 Gas supply debate reignites AGL dismisses assertion that NSW gas supply fears are overplayed report 2 25am January 10 1 comment Alcoa Alumina to pay 430m over bribes US firm faces mammoth fine for alleged bribes to Bahrain officials 1 59am January 10 1 comment Alcoa gives up on aid report Firm won t seek govt funds for Point Henry smelter risk of closure rises 12 41am January 10 1 comment China worries hurt Aust iron ore miners Shares in Rio Tinto BHP Billiton and Fortescue under pressure amid concerns about China slowdown 4 09pm January 09 Shell role underscores Merrill Lynch s Australian revival The investment bank is advising Shell on the sale of its Australian retail and refining businesses in a deal that may be worth as much as 3 billion by Brett Cole 1 26pm January 09 US boom threatens Aust LNG Energy exec sees great risk in Australian gas projects as US exports rise report 8 37am January 09 2 comments China s shock and ore at the Australian way The massive cost blowouts for CITIC Pacific s mining

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  • Professional Services | Business Spectator
    year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Professional Services ACCC clarifies Sims comments on asset sales ACCC says no reference made to privatise any specific Commonwealth owned entity 4 22pm January 06 5 comments Buckley to quit as Cardno CEO Michael Renshaw will replace Andrew Buckley in top job from March 1 10 47am January 06 Services sector contracts in December Australia Industry Group Performance of Services Index employment new orders and sales all contracted in month 9 48am January 06 Cover More shares plunge 18 in early trade Shares in the travel insurer and medical assistance company fall sharply on ASX debut by Brett Cole 2 09pm December 19 Transfield wins 240m contracts Group unveils series of contracts and extensions including with WA govt Telstra 10 40am December 13 Recall makes positive ASX debut Brambles demerged document management business lifts above listing price 12 23pm December 10 WesTrac to buy Caterpillar s Chinese businesses Seven Group to fund US130m transaction through new debt facility 9 23am December 10 Programmed lifts H1 profit Group says lower resources earnings offset by property workforce divisions 9 08am November 27 Transfield chief eyes costs Smith Gander looks to move group beyond reputation for writedowns poor profits 8 10am November 27 Mac to offload Regis stake Group selling 44 stake in aged care provider back to founders by Bridget Carter The Australian 7 13am November 22 Law firm equity partners get the tap Legal recruiters say long standing underperformers have been nudged aside in recent months particularly in M A with major firms shedding up to a fifth of equity partners by Amanda Saunders 7 33am November 15 Directors want litigation clampdown Business calls for tougher controls on litigation funders encouraging class actions 5 27am November 12 3 comments King s lawyers want Fairfax probe Lawyers want to know how publisher gained possession of secret Leighton documents 3 11am November 12 1 comment Slater Gordon eyes UK firm Legal firm confirms talks with Pannone LLP after UK media reports 1 39pm November 11 Geminder eyes Pact transformation Billionaire wants to transform Pact Group into 5bn enterprise over 5 years by By Damon Kitney The Australian 6 54am October 31 Transpacific looks to divest NZ arm Group weighing sale of New Zealand business to focus on Australian growth opportunities after operational review 8 34am October 30 PwC buys Mercer modelling team Economic modelling

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  • Property | Business Spectator
    Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Property WRT investors say split costs 1 5 bln too much Institutional investors in Westfield Retail Trust want as much as 1 5 billion sliced from the cost of the proposed split of the Lowy family international and domestic shopping centre empires by Amanda Saunders 10 49am January 09 Triguboff eyes Melbourne expansion Property developer looks to bring Meriton brand to Victorian capital report 6 04am January 09 GPT eyes new target Property group likely to pursue new acquisitions after CPA deal by Turi Condon The Australian 12 52am January 08 1 comment The rewards of a pragmatic GPT Dexus truce If it plays out as planned the agreement between GPT and the Dexus CPPIB consortium for CPA should see both parties walk away satisfied and would allow GPT to still pursue any opportunities that emerge within the sector by Stephen Bartholomeusz 1 27pm January 07 Homeowners lock in rates Data show borrowers keen on fixed rates as cash rate sits at record low 1 30am January 07 1 comment Dexus nears CPA win Deal with GPT likely to pave way for takeover of office fund by Turi Condon The Australian 12 41am January 07 Foreign demand tipped to push house prices higher Falling Australian dollar and low interest rates could see increased interest from offshore investors 3 31pm January 06 GPT lifts CPA voting power Suitor increases voting shares after CPA spurns takeover deal 2 28pm January 06 Sydney to avoid house bubble Price growth seen moderating recovery in new dwelling construction report 7 05am January 06 8 comments Westfield split a hard sell report Lowy family facing hostile reception from investors over proposal 6 58am January 06 1 comment The Middle Kingdom s Australian frontier Australia is unprepared for a big influx in Chinese visitors both as tourists and investors by Robert Gottliebsen 6 34am January 06 37 comments Capital city home values surge Prices lift at fastest pace for four years in CY2013 RP Data Rismark Home Value Index 10 47am January 02 3 comments A new perch for the eagle eyed investor A platform that puts angel investors in touch with start ups could change Australian business by taking capital raising away from the bankers and giving investment power to ordinary citizens by Rob Burgess 1 20am December 27 19 comments CPA rejects GPT takeover bid Property group unanimously recommends shareholders reject offer 3 54pm December 24 Bringing homeowners the bacon A little known start up that allows investors to acquire stakes in property could not only revolutionise the way Australians invest but free up much needed wealth for homeowners and their families by Rob Burgess 11 14am December 24 81 comments Mirvac offloads shopping centres for 100m

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  • Retail | Business Spectator
    Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Retail Britain s Christmas ghost of retail future Almost all of the UK s leading retailers especially the ones that Australian stores are modelled on have delivered miserly Christmas returns Consumers are changing the way they shop faster than most CEOs can imagine by Stephen Bartholomeusz 1 15pm January 10 8 comments A fast to follow the spending binge The recent surge in retail sales makes the outlook brighter for employment but don t be surprised if it s just a temporary spike Spending growth could slow to 2 per cent in 2014 as households become more not less cautious by Callam Pickering 2 56pm January 09 13 comments Retail sales beat forecasts in Nov ABS data shows retail sales lift more than expected in month 11 32am January 09 1 comment WRT investors say split costs 1 5 bln too much Institutional investors in Westfield Retail Trust want as much as 1 5 billion sliced from the cost of the proposed split of the Lowy family international and domestic shopping centre empires by Amanda Saunders 10 49am January 09 Online sales push towards 15bn More than 70 per cent expected to have been spent within Australia 3 10pm January 08 1 comment Billabong deal unfair Independent expert says private equity deal unfair to existing shareholders by Blair Speedy The Australian 12 59am January 08 Cold snap hits US retail Retail sales slump in week post Christmas still clear last year s numbers 12 04am January 08 Ikea abandons sales target Swedish group says plan to double its sales was too optimistic 11 34pm January 07 Services sector contracts in December Australia Industry Group Performance of Services Index employment new orders and sales all contracted in month 9 48am January 06 Westfield split a hard sell report Lowy family facing hostile reception from investors over proposal 6 58am January 06 1 comment Post Christmas sales strong Retailers likely surpassed clearance sales forecast of 15 1bn report 2 16am January 06 WA to block online GST plan Buswell urges fairer distribution of tax will oppose plan to lower threshold 12 29pm January 03 1 comment Myer website back online Retailer apologises for keeping customers waiting after Boxing Day crash 2 56pm January 02 Wheels turn in online retail s favour Toll and Linfox are looking to challenge Australia Post s dominance in parcel delivery The see growth moving from bricks to clicks by Robert Gottliebsen 6 41am January 02 24 comments Myer offers free postage after website failure Site not functioning since Boxing Day group to extend sales report 3 47pm December 30 Aust online shopping surges

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/industries/retail (2014-01-12)
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