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Online sales growth takes seasonal December slip

2:54PM | Tuesday, 5 February 2013 | Warwick Goodman

Online retail growth took a dip in December compared to the previous month, according to new figures, but an economist has played down concerns that eCommerce spending is on the slide.

RBA leaves cash rate unchanged – but for how long?

2:51PM | Tuesday, 5 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The Reserve Bank board has left the cash rate on hold at 3%, despite admitting that the labour market is softening and unemployment is edging higher.

Do some worst-case scenario planning

1:00AM | Friday, 20 January 2012 | Taskmaster

The economy remains tough at the moment. However, some smart scenario planning can ensure that you react to changes in a fast, considered way.

Small business set to benefit from revised Code of Banking Practice

2:09PM | Friday, 1 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Banks will need to give at least 10 days’ notice before making any materially adverse changes to small business customers’ terms and conditions, as part of the revised Code of Banking Practice.

The Iconic’s India outsourcing sparks sale speculation

2:00PM | Friday, 1 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Cashed-up online fashion retailer The Iconic has come under fire after it was revealed the company has been outsourcing jobs to India, with a retail expert suggesting the start-up is preparing to sell.

Consumer credit demand up 4.1% but debt expectations at three-year low

1:59PM | Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Consumer credit demand rose by 4.1% over the past year, according to new data from Veda, but a Dun & Bradstreet report shows expectations for household debt are at a three-year low.

Former Rich Lister Eddy Groves declared bankrupt

1:30PM | Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Cara Waters

Fast Eddy was nowhere to be seen when an Adelaide court delivered its ruling in bankruptcy proceedings brought by the Commonwealth Bank against the former Rich Lister.

Flood insurance claims set to hit $50 million

1:38PM | Tuesday, 29 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The total claimed losses from the floods affecting Queensland and NSW are likely to hit $50 million this week, according to the Insurance Council of Australia.

Independent eftpos provider Tyro surpasses $3.5 billion in transactions

1:09PM | Tuesday, 29 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Independent eftpos provider Tyro Payments has vowed to step up its fight against the big banks, after revealing it surpassed $3.5 billion in credit and debit card transactions in 2012.

Energy costs up 14.5% for start-ups after carbon tax: Report

1:54PM | Tuesday, 29 January 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Energy costs for businesses have risen on average by 14.5% since the introduction of the carbon tax, according to new figures from the Australian Industry Group.

Andrew Bogut hopes new start-up venture is a slam dunk

1:47PM | Friday, 25 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

Andrew Bogut, Australia’s premier basketballer, has launched a new venture that aims to help Australian start-ups gain contacts and funding opportunities in Silicon Valley.

Combet warns the high Aussie dollar is "here to stay": Five ways to adapt

1:25PM | Friday, 25 January 2013 | Cara Waters

Greg Combet says struggling manufacturers should just get used to a high Aussie dollar and change their game plans to suit.

The harsh reality of raising $2.5 million

1:08PM | Friday, 25 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

With the 2013 StartupSmart Awards coming up, we’re taking a look back at last year’s winners. In our first profile, StartupSmart speaks to augmented reality pioneers Explore Engage. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Super-hyper-mega-ultra-synergy Industries? Time to cut the buzzwords

1:28PM | Thursday, 24 January 2013 | Taskmaster

Can “synergies” and “solutions” really generate sales or win funding for your business? The Taskmaster certainly doesn’t think so.

Christmas fizzer for small businesses following December sales slump

1:52PM | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Economy-wide spending fell almost 2% in December, according to the latest Commonwealth Bank Business Sales Indicator, despite small businesses’ hopes for a buoyant Christmas shopping season.

Online retail start-up The Iconic raises another $25 million in funding

1:04PM | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 | Cara Waters

Fashion retailer The Iconic is going from strength to strength, attracting another big investment to fuel its rapid growth plans.

Dymocks director’s super slip-up leads to $70,000 tax bill shock

1:57PM | Tuesday, 22 January 2013 | Patrick Stafford

A recent tribunal ruling points to a need for directors to be careful about the timing of superannuation contributions.

Eastern seaboard states are neck and neck: CommSec report

1:11PM | Monday, 21 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

There is little to separate Victoria, Queensland and NSW in the way of economic performance, according to the latest CommSec State of the States report, while Tasmania continues to lag.

ANZ lauds business services as “story of the year”

1:08PM | Monday, 21 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Small business sales rose 2.8% over the year to the December quarter, according to ANZ’s latest Small Business Sales Trends report, with business services described as “the story of the year”.

Academic names worst CEOs of 2012 – five lessons for start-ups

1:01PM | Monday, 21 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Start-up founders looking to avoid being labelled a bad chief executive should heed the advice of US university professor Sydney Finkelstein, who has compiled a list of the worst CEOs of 2012.

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