Australia’s optometry and optical dispensing industry is expected to grow just 0.4% in 2012-13, according to an IBISWorld report, but online eyewear retailer Sneaking Duck says it isn’t worried.
MYOB has outlined seven steps start-ups should take to boost their business in 2013, after revealing more than half of small businesses hope to improve systems and processes this year.
New retail sales figures show sales slid by 0.1% in November, but the December figures could see a significant turnaround.
A group of Pie Face franchisees are preparing to sue the company for millions of dollars, with one franchisee alleging that undisclosed costs were a key factor in the underperformance of his stores.
Business groups have downplayed the Federal Government’s concession the budget is unlikely to return to surplus in 2012-13, with one group describing the move as “neither here nor there”.
A failed Canadian start-up has turned heads after promising to return all remaining funding to its investors, with the move applauded by one local expert.
The carbon tax has been dragged into the spotlight once again, with a new survey by the peak retail body showing 80% of businesses say they have been negatively impacted by the tax.
There will be no relief for Australian clothing retailers in the new year, according to a new IBISWorld report, which shows industry revenue is expected to contract by 1.4% in 2012-13.
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Insolvency experts predict many businesses might hang on through Christmas but could struggle in the new year.
Business confidence has fallen to its lowest level since April 2009 according to NAB’s Monthly Business Survey.
Start-ups can celebrate Christmas with their staff without breaking the bank, experts say, after it was revealed less than two thirds of employers will organise a staff Christmas party this year.
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The Reserve Bank has cut the cash rate by 25 basis points to 3% on the back of flat retail sales for the month of October.
Food franchise giants Retail Food Group and Collins Foods have painted a positive outlook for their brands, bucking recent industry trends.
Businesses will end the year on a reasonably positive note, according to Dun & Bradstreet’s latest National Business Expectations Survey, but the outlook for 2013 is mixed, with rising profit levels but a “patchy” employment market.
Residents of one ritzy Melbourne suburb are Australia’s highest wage earners, taking home an average income of $132,252.
A whistle-blower has made claims the ATO has neglected assessing cases by merit and adopted a quota criteria instead.
Small business sales rose by 3.6% over the year to the three months to October, according to the latest ANZ report, as food and travel-related services continue to outshine “traditional” retailers.
SmartCompany editor James Thomson took time out from his busy schedule to talk to Today Tonight about the debt problems suffered by Nathan Tinkler, the former tradie who became Australia’s youngest billionaire.