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Posted on Apr 13, 2017

Pure clean food is in demand and a key value proposition for exporters, Minter Ellison

Pure clean food is in demand and a key value proposition for exporters, Minter Ellison

Food safety/purity is important to the food and agribusiness sector and is the key value proposition for Australian exporters. Our food and agricultural products are increasingly being exported to consumers prepared to pay a premium for safe, secure food from a pristine provenance. See Minter Ellison’s latest report.For more go to http://bit.ly/1RKZe25 #kdkmedia #kdkbulletin

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Posted on Apr 6, 2017

Med tech & pharma sectors need better commercial results, CSIRO

Med tech & pharma sectors need better commercial results, CSIRO

Med tech & pharma need better commercial results: Australia holds a strong reputation in discovery research in the medical technologies and pharmaceuticals sector. Despite high levels of investment, there has been relatively little commercial success and failure to change this will lead to lost economic value. CSIRO’s roadmap sets out a 20-year vision for these sectors.

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Posted on Mar 29, 2017

Kangaroo bonds are so cool that Apple launches its second kanga raising, Minter Ellison

Kangaroo bonds are so cool that Apple launches its second kanga raising, Minter Ellison

What’s cool about kangaroo bonds and why has Apple launched its second kangaroo bond raising? A predicted increase in the demand for infrastructure bonds will help drive an upswing in demand amongst retail investors in the Australian bonds market this year. The other trend is a continued increase in kangaroo bonds or foreign bonds issued in the Australian market by international corporations. Apple launched its second kangaroo bond raising $A1.425 billion, according to Minter Ellison.

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Posted on Mar 15, 2017

Chinese tourism boosts retail sector, Deloitte Access Economics Retail Forecasts Report

Chinese tourism boosts retail sector, Deloitte Access Economics Retail Forecasts Report

Chinese tourism boosts retail sector: The explosion of international tourism into Australia (led by China) is giving our retail sector a big boost, according to the latest Deloitte Access Economics’ Retail Forecasts report. This is good news despite an otherwise harsh landscape with record low wage growth, high levels of household debt, and uncertainty over interest rates and house prices are keeping overall spend growth low.

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Posted on Mar 8, 2017

Construction sector bounces back in February, Performance Construction Index report from AiGroup and HIA

Construction sector bounces back in February, Performance Construction Index report from AiGroup and HIA

The construction sector bounced back last month led by a strong lift in house building and backed by gains in commercial and engineering construction. There was a healthy lift in new orders for house builders with some expansion among engineering constructors. These gains easily offset a further decline in new orders in the apartment sub-sector and underwrote a solid lift in overall employment in the sector.  So says the latest Performance Construction Index report by the AiGroup and HIA

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Posted on Mar 1, 2017

ABS data: Growth is the order of the day in the national accounts figures released this week

ABS data: Growth is the order of the day in the national accounts figures released this week

ABS data: Growth is the order of the day in the national accounts figures released this week. The economy recorded 1.1% growth, GDP up 2.4%, and growth in 15 out 0f 20 industries including, interestingly, mining, agriculture, forestry and fishing, and professional scientific and technical services. House consumption contributed 0.5 percentage points to growth and net exports 0.2.  Essential reading for all economists and business types.

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Posted on Feb 16, 2017

Family finances are under pressure and people wary about interest rates, Westpac Melbourne Institute Consumer Index

Family finances are under pressure and people wary about interest rates, Westpac Melbourne Institute Consumer Index

Have a look at the Westpac Melbourne Institute Consumer Index for a complete picture of this month’s consumer sentiment. While consumer sentiment rose by 2.3% this month, there are renewed labour market concerns with more people expecting unemployment to rise in the year ahead. Family finances are under pressure and people are wary about the outlook for interest rates.

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Posted on Feb 8, 2017

For a snapshot of economic conditions in Australia and globally look at the RBA’s monetary policy statement

For a snapshot of economic conditions in Australia and globally look at the RBA’s monetary policy statement

For a snapshot of economic conditions in Australia and globally, head to the RBA’s monetary policy statement issued this week. Global business and consumer confidence have both picked up. Above-trend growth is expected in a number of advanced economies, although uncertainties remain. Australia’s economy continues its transition from mining investment, while labour market indicators are mixed and housing market conditions varied considerably across the country. For more go to http://bit.ly/1RKZe25 #kdkmedia #Economy&Markets

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Posted on Jan 25, 2017

The Trumping of Asian trade – Deloitte’s view on Trump’s anti-free trade agenda

The Trumping of Asian trade – Deloitte’s view on Trump’s anti-free trade agenda

The political challenges to trade are mounting fast with Trump’s anti-free trade agenda joining the Brexit revolution and question marks mounting in Europe, where the European Union faces a gauntlet of elections. So will trade flows continue to lose steam, and drag down Asia’s 2017 prospects with it? The answer is no. In fact, Deloitte sees trade about to regain momentum.

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Posted on Dec 15, 2016

Australian Real Estate Investment Trusts outgunned other sectors

Australian Real Estate Investment Trusts outgunned other sectors

Australian Real Estate Investment Trusts outgunned other sectors including banking and mining in the past financial year. Find out who the top performers are in the sector from BDO’s A-REIT survey 2016 as well as the challenges they face in 2017 from bonds and interest rates, debt, quality of assets and the macroeconomic uncertainty from recent global political changes.

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Posted on Dec 7, 2016

PwC Strategy& report says airlines need to shift their go-to-market strategy

PwC Strategy& report says airlines need to shift their go-to-market strategy

Three global trends are reshaping the travel sector and threaten to weaken the connection between airlines and their customers. Shifting customer behaviour on retail and business sides, changing dynamics within direct and indirect sales channels, and the rise of digital technologies. A new report by PwC’s Strategy& says airlines need to get closer to their customers to extract more value and avoid the commoditisation of airline seats.

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Posted on Nov 30, 2016

Australia’s immigration has received a bad rap in recent times especially from extremist politicians, CEDA

Australia’s immigration has received a bad rap in recent times, especially from extremist politicians who have the potential to undermine the immigration’s community acceptance with respect to the economic benefits for the nation. Perhaps these pollies need to be reminded that Australia’s migration program has played an important role in the nation’s economic development and success often connecting our businesses with global talent and new trade opportunities. This latest CEDA report should be on their reading list.

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Posted on Nov 23, 2016

A Roy Morgan report reveals how the retail industry is not on top of their game when it comes to technology

You would think that the head honchos of retail would be on top of their game when it comes to technology.  Apparently not so, according to a new report by Roy Morgan. While online shopping, price comparison sites, mobile sales alerts and ‘tap and pay’ are fast-changing consumers’ shopping habits, the report says 15% of retail decision-makers are likely to be ‘technophobes’.

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