THE NEWS WRAP: Insurers take $674 million hit on summer disasters

3:53AM | Friday, 15 March

Australia’s leading insurance companies have received more than 65,000 claims as a result of cyclones, floods and bushfires over summer, with the total bill estimated at $674 million.

Jardin Fresh Life to offer franchisees a fresh start

3:24AM | Monday, 11 March

The Australian branch of global food retailer Spar has opened its first Jardin Fresh Life store in Queensland, with managing director Lou Jardin revealing there are plans to franchise the brand.

Australian Bankers’ Association rejects call for credit card surcharging cap

7:30AM | Tuesday, 26 July

The Australian Bankers’ Association has rebuffed a proposal to cap the surcharge fees imposed by credit card customers, much to the dismay of EFTPOS payment platforms.

THE NEWS WRAP: Japan earthquake has a knock-on effect for global markets

3:18AM | Monday, 14 March

Japan’s worst ever earthquake has had a knock-on effect for global markets, with oil prices rising after refineries closed and the initial insurance bill thought to be $100 billion.

Supermarket price war to impact independents

1:58AM | Monday, 31 January

Small food retailers can rise above the supermarket price war by offering good old-fashioned service instead, according to a retail expert.