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Retail Food Group and Collins Foods franchises look to buck retail gloom

12:17PM | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Food franchise giants Retail Food Group and Collins Foods have painted a positive outlook for their brands, bucking recent industry trends.

Businesses tip higher profits, but conditions still patchy: Study

12:00AM | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

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.

Australia’s wealthiest suburbs revealed: The suburb with an average salary of $132,252

11:21PM | Thursday, 29 November 2012 | Cara Waters

Residents of one ritzy Melbourne suburb are Australia’s highest wage earners, taking home an average income of $132,252.

Claims of a "tick and flick" approach by the ATO

11:54PM | Wednesday, 28 November 2012 | Cara Waters

A whistle-blower has made claims the ATO has neglected assessing cases by merit and adopted a quota criteria instead.

Food and travel outshine “traditional” retail as sales rise 3.6%

11:34PM | Monday, 26 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

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.

Rags to riches to rags again?

11:39PM | Friday, 23 November 2012 | James Thomson

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.

Start-ups warned to prepare for Christmas cashflow squeeze

11:00AM | Monday, 19 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups are being urged to remain vigilant in managing their working capital to avoid a cashflow crash in the new year as they stare down the barrel of a lukewarm Christmas trading period.

‘Fitting fees’ challenged as consumers shun in-store research: Report

11:00PM | Thursday, 15 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Less than 5% of consumers research products in-store before eventually purchasing them online, new research reveals, suggesting there is no need for retailers to introduce “fitting fees”.

Business conditions plummet to GFC levels: Report

11:25PM | Tuesday, 13 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Business conditions have fallen to their weakest level in more than three years, according to NAB’s Monthly Business Survey, which suggests a February interest rate cut is “on the cards”.

US start-up raises $11.5 million for web-connected teddy bear

11:13PM | Monday, 12 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The struggles of the Australian toy market have been put into sharp focus by a US-based start-up founded by a former Pixar executive, which has raised $11.5 million for an internet-connected, artificially intelligent teddy bear.

Group buying consumer spending revised down to $530 million

11:23PM | Monday, 12 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Group buying niche players have been warned of tough times ahead following predictions that consumer spending in the sector will drop to $530 million this year, revised down from more than $600 million.

No Cup day cut as interest rates hold at 3.25%

11:39PM | Tuesday, 6 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Reserve Bank has confounded expectations by leaving the cash rate unchanged at 3.25%, despite widespread predictions of a 25 basis point cut, and an appeal from Westpac chief Gail Kelly to help lift flagging consumer sentiment.

New Year investment expectations at record high: D&B

11:28PM | Tuesday, 6 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost a third of Australian businesses expect to boost their long-term investments in the New Year, according to the latest Dun & Bradstreet survey, as firms respond to lower interest rates.

The four potential pitfalls of crowdfunding your start-up

11:13PM | Tuesday, 6 November 2012 | Reece Walker

A growing number of start-ups are turning to crowdfunding as a source of finance. But be warned: From intellectual property to ASIC regulations, there are serious pitfalls for the unwary. BY REECE WALKER.

COSBOA drama as chairman resigns, accounts still not signed off

11:12PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Cara Waters

The Council of Small Business of Australia is in turmoil after its annual general meeting last week, with Ken Phillips resigning as chair after the council's accounts were unable to be signed off.

Retailers ignore executives' calls to abandon GST fight

11:53PM | Thursday, 1 November 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Retailers are not willing to give up the fight on import GST, but some executives think it is a distraction from the real issues.

Corporate spending on Melbourne Cup spurs business opportunities: IBISWorld

10:50PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

This year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival will see spending increase by 4.1% on 2011, according to IBISWorld, which has highlighted oppportunities for retailers and regional tourism operators.

Commercialisation Australia confirms grants pipeline flowing again

10:42PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Grants are back on the table, it seems, with Commercialisation Australia now confirming the organisation is handing out new grants to small businesses after a temporary freeze.

The cashflow Grinch that could steal your Christmas

10:35PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Taskmaster

In the past couple of days, Taskmaster’s little helpers – the operations manager, the account managers and our accountant – have all been assembled in the meeting room to confront a potential crisis: Christmas.

Consumers still spending on clothes and technology: Nielsen

10:27PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Consumers are prioritising spending on new clothes, entertainment and technology, according to a Nielsen survey, which shows consumer confidence rose by eight points in the third quarter.

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