Disputes between landlords and tenants dominated enquiries to the Victorian Small Business Commissioner, its annual report shows, but the body representing shopping centre owners and managers says the pain cuts both ways.
Just two weeks ago, Airbnb appeared to be on an unstoppable rise to the top. The business had expanded internationally, including Australia, and had raised $112 million in funding.
Small business sales improved in June to be 6.6% higher year-on-year, according to an ANZ report, although non-retail and service sector small businesses continue to outperform those in retail.
Businesses have come under renewed union pressure for higher pay levels based on the rising cost of living and spiralling executive pay.
Fears that Australians are taking on too much debt have been eased with evidence that the housing market is cooling.