Business planning


Retailers urged to respond to “technology-induced recession”

12:45PM | Thursday, 15 December 2011 |  Australia’s battered retail sector is in a “technology-induced recession”, according to a new report by the Commonwealth Bank, but experts say this should prompt start-ups to innovate.

Unearthing a new start-up scene out West

12:36PM | Thursday, 15 December 2011 |  While Western Australia is heavily associated with the mining industry, its state capital is playing host to an increasingly diverse start-up sector. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Consumer sentiment falls 8.3% in December

12:40PM | Wednesday, 14 December 2011 |  Consumer sentiment fell by 8.3% in December, its lowest level since August this year.

Mobile marketing tipped for 2012 surge

12:37PM | Wednesday, 14 December 2011 |  Almost 40% of Australian marketing executives expect their marketing budget to increase in 2012, a new report reveals, with advertising campaigns increasingly targeted at mobile devices.

Aussie retailers failing to retain key staff: Survey

12:30PM | Wednesday, 14 December 2011 |  Less than half of Australia’s retail employees believe their organisation successfully retains its most talented people, new data shows, suggesting retailers are failing to provide staff incentives.

Start-ups urged to register third party interests

12:11PM | Tuesday, 13 December 2011 |  Start-ups are being urged to register their legal interests in assets held by another party by January 30, as the cost of not registering can exceed any benefits of the contract or arrangement.

Services sector tipped to lead recruitment in 2012

12:08PM | Tuesday, 13 December 2011 |  Less than a quarter of Australian employers expect to increase hiring in the first quarter of 2012, a report reveals. Employers in the services sector are more confident that those in mining.

Online shoppers swayed by Aussie dollar strength: Survey

12:01PM | Tuesday, 13 December 2011 |  One in five Australian consumers would shop less on overseas websites if the Australian dollar fell below US90 cents, a survey shows.

Business conditions improve despite Euro crisis

12:43PM | Tuesday, 13 December 2011 |  Business conditions improved slightly in November, according to NAB’s Monthly Business Survey, while business confidence was unchanged despite the ongoing European debt crisis.

Y Combinator trumps TechStars in start-up funding stakes

12:25PM | Monday, 12 December 2011 |  Experts say you shouldn’t compare start-up incubators based on capital raising figures alone, after new data revealed US incubator Y Combinator has funded companies as its rival TechStars.