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  • By Damon Kitney - The Australian | Business Spectator
    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 Politics Australian Election Federal Budget International News Asia Europe USA National Affairs Latest stories Gagging visas are an attack on democracy The skyrocketing price of a journalist visa for Nauru will limit coverage of Australian prisoners on a vassal state It is an insult to the democratic principles this country stands for Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories REVIEW Nokia Lumia 1520 The Nokia 1520 sports a number of key upgrades that bring it the Window s phone platform to parity with its Android competition But does this phablet do enough to sway attention from its rivals Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Is the EU about to abdicate climate leadership The rift over energy and climate policy is widening in Brussels as politicians feel the pressure from the continent s ongoing economic crisis The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline 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 By Damon Kitney The Australian 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 Search Markets Global Indices Index Last Chg Chg DOW JONES 16437 05 7 7 S P 500 1842 37 4 2 0 2 NASDAQ 4174 66 18 5 0 4 FTSE 100 6739 94 48 6 0 7 NIKKEI 15912 06 31 7 0 2 Hang Seng 22846 25 58 9 0 3 The Spectators What s behind China s debt spiral Peter Cai 7 min ago China s unbalanced fiscal

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  • Transpacific looks to divest NZ arm | Business Spectator
    to compete Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Is the EU about to abdicate climate leadership The rift over energy and climate policy is widening in Brussels as politicians feel the pressure from the continent s ongoing economic crisis The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline 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 Transpacific looks to divest NZ arm 30 Oct 2013 8 34 AM DataRoom Industries Professional Services Group weighing sale of New Zealand business to focus on Australian growth opportunities after operational review You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password By a staff reporter Transpacific Industries Group Ltd will look to divest its New Zealand waste management business so it can focus more significantly on growth opportunities in Australia In a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange Transpacific said the decision follows an extensive business and operational review The board has accepted one of the findings and recommendations of that review that it should focus on the greater strategic opportunities available to Transpacific in the Australian market place the group said Transpacific said it had made solid progress toward strengthening its balance sheet reducing debt and improving its funding costs over the last two years however the review highlighted that further flexibility would better position it for growth opportunities in its core Australian waste management operations A sale of this business will only proceed if it appropriately reflects value for the shareholders of Transpacific the group said Proceeds from the potential sale of Transpacific New Zealand would first be used to further pay down debt but would then be utilised to bolster the group s balance sheet Transpacific has appointed Deutsche Bank to assist it in the process In a separate announcement Transpacfic said it had successfully completed refinancing of 290 million of syndicated facilities due to mature in November 2014 Transpacific said the refinancing was significantly over subscribed by both domestic and offshore lenders Both announcements come as Transpacific convenes

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2013/10/30/professional-services/transpacific-looks-divest-nz-arm (2014-01-13)
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  • PwC buys Mercer modelling team | Business Spectator
    Security Telecommunication Latest stories REVIEW Nokia Lumia 1520 The Nokia 1520 sports a number of key upgrades that bring it the Window s phone platform to parity with its Android competition But does this phablet do enough to sway attention from its rivals Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Is the EU about to abdicate climate leadership The rift over energy and climate policy is widening in Brussels as politicians feel the pressure from the continent s ongoing economic crisis The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline 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 PwC buys Mercer modelling team 16 Oct 2013 3 28 PM DataRoom Mergers Acquisitions Industries Professional Services Economic modelling team joins accounting firm helps build critical mass You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Mercer Australia s economic modelling team has joined accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers after the human resources and financial services consultancy decided to quit the space The Australian Financial Review reports According to the newspaper it is unclear whether PwC Australia has acquired Mercer s model audit review team or taken over employment of about nine staff Mercer retirement business boss Guy Thornburn said it made better business sense for the services to sit with PwC while PwC deals leader Sean Gregory said the Mercer team would strengthen the accounting firm s penetration in key industries The deal helps PwC in situations where growing complexity means that to make a difference we need to build critical mass Mr Gregory said the AFR reports Print this page Related articles 06 Jan ACCC clarifies Sims comments on asset sales 06 Jan Buckley to quit as Cardno CEO 06 Jan Services sector contracts in December 19 Dec Cover More shares plunge 18

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2013/10/16/professional-services/pwc-buys-mercer-modelling-team (2014-01-13)
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  • Brambles pooling solutions lifts Q1 sales | Business Spectator
    internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Is the EU about to abdicate climate leadership The rift over energy and climate policy is widening in Brussels as politicians feel the pressure from the continent s ongoing economic crisis The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline 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 Brambles pooling solutions lifts Q1 sales 16 Oct 2013 9 33 AM Industries Manufacturing Professional Services Group posts solid lift on previous corresponding quarter on back of new contract wins You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password By a staff reporter with AAP Brambles Ltd has lifted the first quarter sales performance of its pooling solutions operations on the back of several new contract wins and the acquisition of Pallecon at the end of last year At 1115 AEDT shares in Brambles were 0 81 per cent higher at 9 365 against a slight benchmark index lift of 0 06 per cent In the three months to September 30 Brambles posted total sales revenue from its pooling solutions operations of US1 312 billion a seven per cent increase on the previous corresponding period Brambles pooling solutions operations provides pallets and containers to businesses but does not include the company s Recall information management business which it plans to demerge The company said the increase reflected new business and the contribution of Pallecon which Brambles acquired for 170 million in December Brambles chief executive officer Tom Gorman said the trading performance during the first quarter was broadly consistent with expectations Despite continued muted levels of underlying sales growth in the consumer staples sector we are benefitting from the execution of our growth strategy he said Mr Gorman said the group remained on track to deliver its guidance for fiscal 2014 excluding the Recall business We expect constant currency sales revenue growth

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2013/10/16/manufacturing/brambles-pooling-solutions-lifts-q1-sales (2014-01-13)
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  • Cash Converters to defend lawsuit | Business Spectator
    service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Is the EU about to abdicate climate leadership The rift over energy and climate policy is widening in Brussels as politicians feel the pressure from the continent s ongoing economic crisis The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline 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 Cash Converters to defend lawsuit 10 Oct 2013 1 14 PM Industries Professional Services Retail Group says any potential class action based on flawed proposition will be defended You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password By a staff reporter Cash Converters International Ltd says a potential class action lawsuit against its micro lending in New South Wales is based on a flawed proposition and will be defended In a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange Cash Converters sought to respond to media reports it was facing a class action saying it only became aware of the matter when it received a solicitor s letter earlier this week The company received a letter from Maurice Blackburn solicitors late on Tuesday October 8 the statement said This was the first inkling the company had of the matter Cash Converters said the action related to claims that a deferred establishment fee charged on loans by the Cash Converters chain in New South Wales is not lawful The company is confident that the fees have been properly levied and are completely lawful the statement said In fact included in the new legislation was a provision specifically addressing deferred establishment fees which provision would not have been necessary if they were already unlawful under the preceding legislation Cash Converters said the claimed amount of total fees referred to in the media seemed vastly inflated Investors responded poorly to the news At 1255 AEDT Cash Converters shares were 5 95

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2013/10/10/professional-services/cash-converters-defend-lawsuit (2014-01-13)
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  • Deloitte, WorleyParsons ink deal | Business Spectator
    bring it the Window s phone platform to parity with its Android competition But does this phablet do enough to sway attention from its rivals Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Is the EU about to abdicate climate leadership The rift over energy and climate policy is widening in Brussels as politicians feel the pressure from the continent s ongoing economic crisis The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline 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 Deloitte WorleyParsons ink deal 9 Oct 2013 3 23 PM Industries Construction and Engineering Infrastructure Professional Services Resources and Energy Accounting engineering firms to work together on resources infrastructure You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password By a staff reporter Accounting firm Deloitte Australia and engineering group WorleyParsons Ltd have agreed to work together on major projects in the oil and gas mining and infrastructure sectors In a statement WorleyParsons chief executive officer Andrew Wood said the alliance was the next logical step after establishing their new ventures group which will explore opportunities that are aligned with but additional to their traditional activity It reflects our commitment to constantly challenge ourselves to develop new opportunities for growth and the proven track records of both organisations in delivering world class advisory services Mr Wood said Deloitte chief executive officer Giam Swiegers said the alliance aims to position both groups for growth Reinforced by Australia s proximity to the world s fastest growing markets in Asia Deloitte forecasts an increasing Asian appetite for gas he said The two groups have formed a similar alliance in Canada and are pursuing a deal in South Africa Print this page Related articles 13 Jan Aust LNG may be cheaper than US 13 Jan Whitehaven

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2013/10/9/resources-and-energy/deloitte-worleyparsons-ink-deal (2014-01-13)
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  • Professional Services | Business Spectator
    in Brussels as politicians feel the pressure from the continent s ongoing economic crisis The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline 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 Galdino Claro named Sims CEO Scrap metal recycler announces successor to Daniel Dienst effective Nov 4 8 46am October 08 Computershare to acquire Canadian group Group will buy Olympia Corporate and Shareholder Services assets for up to C43m 9 06am October 07 Services sector improves in Sept AiG index shows activity in services sector fell at much slower rate in month 9 47am October 03 Skilled wins 200m gas pipeline deal Employment services company to provide labour for Ichthys LNG project 10 18am September 25 ALP to blame for lost revenue McMillan McMillan Shakespeare says Labor s FBT changes cost it two months revenue 12 43pm September 11 2 comments Corrs poaches Clayton Utz partners Corrs Chambers Westgarth adds Andrew Stephenson and MIchael Earwaker 1 27pm September 10 Services sector activity falls AiG Leading survey shows lowest activity levels since the GFC in August 9 33am September 04 1 comment Tinkler company could be sold Receivers prepare to put Aston Metals up for sale after it failed to pay its debts 1 12am September 04 Transfield names new chairman Diane Gander Smith set to succeed Tony Shepherd as group s chairman 11 07am September 02 Court bans Melbourne liquidator Federal Court prohibits Andrew Dunner from being registered for five years 3 44pm August 30 KGB TV Brambles Tom Gorman Brambles chief executive Tom Gorman explains how company turned around its chip operation and why its outlook in Eastern Europe outlook is more upbeat than Australian and US markets by Kohler Gottliebsen Bartholomeusz 7 14am August 27 Slater Gordon to buy UK firm Law firm posts bumper FY profit on back of aggressive UK expansion 9 16am August 21 Invocare lifts H1 profit Funeral operator says results weighed by fewer than expected deaths personnel costs 9 04am August 20 Slater Gordon in trading halt Company requests halt after information about a potential UK deal was published 9 32am August 19 Bradken rallies despite profit slump Group s net profit takes hit on one off Norcast charge share spike almost 10 1 53pm August 13 PwC Australia launches Asia consultancy Blue chip accounting firm in JV with counterparts in Asia NZ US 3 43pm August 08 China s services sector expands in July

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/industries/professional-services?page=1 (2014-01-13)
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  • Professional Services | Business Spectator
    ongoing economic crisis The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline 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

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