Chinese demand for Australian wine pushes towards $1b

Chinese demand for Australian wine pushes towards $1b

EXPORTS of Australian wine to mainland China have soared by 63 per cent to a record breaking $848 million in 2017. China accounted for a third of total exports by value last year, with growth to the Asian powerhouse offsetting declines in exports to the US, UK, and Canada. Overall, Australian wine exports were worth $2.56 billion in 2...

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Pioneer of crowd-sourced funding on why it could be the retail industry's saviour

Pioneer of crowd-sourced funding on why it could be the retail industry's saviour

Capital raising in Australia is on the cusp of a new era, one defined by the rise of crowd-sourced funding (CSF). Last week, ASIC gave the green light for CSF intermediaries to begin providing financial services to growing businesses which are seeking to raise capital from investors. The new regime is designed to provide start-ups and...

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Mining sector on the mend with strong growth poised for 2018 and beyond

Mining sector on the mend with strong growth poised for 2018 and beyond

ACTIVITY in Australia's mining sector is set to accelerate in 2018 according to a recent report from BIS Oxford Economics. The industry is poised to grow through 2018 and beyond, arguing well for exports and the broader Australian economy, with mining exploration, production, and maintenance are all expected to lift significantly thro...

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INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER NUMBERS HELP SYDNEY AIRPORT POST GROWTH ACROSS ALL DIVISIONS

INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER NUMBERS HELP SYDNEY AIRPORT POST GROWTH ACROSS ALL DIVISIONS

SYDNEY Airport (ASX: SYD) has posted a first half profit rise of 4.4 percent to $166.6 million, thanks to a rise in international passenger numbers. The airport processed 21 million passengers in the six months to June 30, up from 20.2 million from the previous year, with international travellers increasing by 7.7 per cent and domestic up...

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GOVERNMENT'S NEW BUY QUEENSLAND INITIATIVE AN AUSTRALIAN FIRST

GOVERNMENT'S NEW BUY QUEENSLAND INITIATIVE AN AUSTRALIAN FIRST

THE QUEENSLAND Government has announced its latest plan to support Queensland-based businesses through the new 'Buy Queensland' initiative. The new plan, which will prioritise Queensland goods and services, will apply across all agencies, statutory bodies, and government owned corporations. The Queensland cabinet has agreed, i...

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MEGAPORT SHARES RISE FOLLOWING STRONG QUARTERLY RESULTS

MEGAPORT SHARES RISE FOLLOWING STRONG QUARTERLY RESULTS

MEGAPORT Limited (ASX: MP1) has seen its share price rise by almost two per cent following the announcement of strong results for the June 2017 quarter. The group, who delivers internet connectivity solutions to businesses, saw their revenue for the June quarter increase by 18 per cent compared to the previous quarter to $3.47 million. ...

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NEXTDC ENTERS BIDDING WAR WITH 360 CAPITAL GROUP FOR APDC

NEXTDC ENTERS BIDDING WAR WITH 360 CAPITAL GROUP FOR APDC

DATA centre operator NEXTDC (ASX: NXT) has started a bidding war with 360 Capital Group to take over Asia Pacific Data Centre (ASX: AJD) after it launched a fully funded $1.85 a share cash offer for the company. The takeover bid trumps the offer made by 360 Capital to acquire all the securities in APDC for $1.80 per share. NEXTDC CEO ...

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SURVEY SAYS COUNTEROFFERS MIGHT BE A WASTE OF MONEY

SURVEY SAYS COUNTEROFFERS MIGHT BE A WASTE OF MONEY

TO RETAIN the best and brightest employees it sometimes seems like a good idea to offer more money, but recent research suggests that cash doesn't always talk. A study, commissioned by specialised recruiter Robert Half surveying 160 chief financial officers in Australia, shows more than 94 per cent of Australian CFOs have extended cou...

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WESTPAC LOOKING TO SELL HASTINGS TO CHARTER HALL

WESTPAC LOOKING TO SELL HASTINGS TO CHARTER HALL

Westpac Group (ASX: WBC) has entered discussions with property investment group Charter Hall (ASX: CHC) to sell Hastings Management, a global infrastructure-assets business with funds under management of about $14.3 billion. Charter Hall is considering the purchase of Hastings following the completion of due diligence and regulatory ...

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ACCC TO SMALL BUSINESSES: REVIEW PAYMENT SURCHARGES NOW

ACCC TO SMALL BUSINESSES: REVIEW PAYMENT SURCHARGES NOW

SMALL business owners have been urged to review their payment surcharges ahead of the ban on excessive payment surcharges in force 1st September. The ACCC recommends small businesses assess their current surcharge models before the law comes into force, which limits the amount a business can charge customers for use of EFTPOS, MasterCard,...

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CONTROVERSIAL BANK LEVY SHOULD BE APPLIED TO OTHER BIG BUSINESSES, BOURIS SAYS

CONTROVERSIAL BANK LEVY SHOULD BE APPLIED TO OTHER BIG BUSINESSES, BOURIS SAYS

THE BANK LEVY imposed on the so-called 'Big Five' should be extended to include all government-licenced companies with a turnover of $1 billion or more, according to Yellow Brick Road executive chairman Mark Bouris.

Speaking at the launch of 2017 Gold Coast Queensland Small Business Week, Bouris also says the money raised should be us...

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BIS SAYS INFRASTRUCTURE BUDGET BOOST IS WELCOME, BUT LIKELY UNSUSTAINABLE

BIS SAYS INFRASTRUCTURE BUDGET BOOST IS WELCOME, BUT LIKELY UNSUSTAINABLE

ANALYSTS say that the public infrastructure and construction industry has emerged among the clear winners from last Tuesday's budget, as BIS Oxford Economics forecasts imminent major growth across the sector. Funds allocated from the 2017 Federal Budget will help drive an estimated 30 per cent growth for the industry, which is already...

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BANK LEVY ON BIG FOUR COULD DRIVE CUSTOMERS TO REGIONAL BANKS

BANK LEVY ON BIG FOUR COULD DRIVE CUSTOMERS TO REGIONAL BANKS

THE BANK of Queensland (ASX: BOQ) is expected to be a major beneficiary of the Federal Government's bank levy which was introduced in Tuesday's Budget. The Government levy will raise $1.5 billion a year over the next four years, or around five per cent of the profits from the so-called 'Big Four' which includes Commonwealt...

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SUNCORP SAYS IT'S 'COVERED' AGAINST FINANCIAL COST OF CYCLONE DEBBIE

SUNCORP SAYS IT'S 'COVERED' AGAINST FINANCIAL COST OF CYCLONE DEBBIE

INSURER Suncorp (ASX: SUN) says it is "well protected" against the financial impact of Cyclone Debbie thanks to its main catastrophe program and the purchase of an additional cover.

As the category three cyclone intensifies and heads towards the north Queensland coast between Townsville and Mackay causing forced evacuations, th...

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SPROUTX PROVIDES THE SEED FOR AGTECH STARTUPS

SPROUTX PROVIDES THE SEED FOR AGTECH STARTUPS

AGTECH innovation fund SproutX has opened applications for its first accelerator round, backed by $10 million from the venture capital fund it has set up in partnership with Artesian Venture Partners and industry superannuation fund Hostplus.

This follows the SproutX pre-accelerator program, held in late 2016, where 110 startups and entr...

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WHY NEXTDC'S STOCK IS SOARING

WHY NEXTDC'S STOCK IS SOARING

AFTER posting its interim result, NEXTDC (ASX: NXT) gained more than 12 per cent on the stock market before noon.

The Brisbane data centre company reported a revenue rise of 39 per cent to a company record of $58.7 million.

NEXTDC took in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of $23.9 million for th...

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EML'S EARNINGS SOAR

EML'S EARNINGS SOAR

EML Payments' (ASX: EML) earnings have soared 226 per cent for first half 2017.

The Brisbane payments provider took in $9.96 million in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation.  Depreciation in the Sterling relative to the Australian Dollar in fact lowered this result by $1 million.

EML generated 85 p...

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LJ HOOKER ESTABLISHES $100 MILLION REAL ESTATE STARTUP FUND

LJ HOOKER ESTABLISHES $100 MILLION REAL ESTATE STARTUP FUND

LJ Hooker has committed $100 million to establish a real estate startup incubator, the LJX-Lab. The digital research and development vehicle will foster innovation through identifying, incubating and commercialising home-grown 'proptech'.

It will also introduce new global best practices and technology to local markets to enri...

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CHINA INVESTMENT FLOWS COULD SLOW AFTER REGULATION CHANGED

CHINA INVESTMENT FLOWS COULD SLOW AFTER REGULATION CHANGED

CHINESE companies seeking outbound projects and Australian companies looking to secure Chinese outbound investment need to be aware of changes in the rules applying to foreign exchange remittances as these could impact their deal structures and timing, according to foreign investment experts from MinterEllison. Partners Chris Carr and Bi Che...

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BUDDY UP FOR COVER WITH NEW INSURANCE MODEL

BUDDY UP FOR COVER WITH NEW INSURANCE MODEL

A GERMAN peer-to-peer insurance platform is heading to Australia in a bid to make the industry more 'friendly'. Friendsurance, established in 2010, aims to make the process of finding an insurer more simple and affordable. Friendsurance Australia will be supported by the company's head office in Berlin, while Ellerston Cap...

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