Bubs enters into trading halt ahead of capital raising announcement

Bubs enters into trading halt ahead of capital raising announcement

After last week's news that Bubs Australia (ASX: BUB) is making a significant push into the Chinese market the company has entered into a trading halt on Thursday morning. The company says the trading halt has been requested pending an announcement by Bubs in relation to a capital raising. Last Friday the Australian infant milk fo...

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AMP faces class action over Royal Commission scandal

AMP faces class action over Royal Commission scandal

Less than a week after the resignation of its CEO Craig Meller, AMP is facing a potential class action lawsuit from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (QE) on behalf of aggrieved shareholders. QE announced that it will investigate a class action against the financial services giant which has admitted to lying to its customers and regul...

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Google to ban all cryptocurrency ads from June 2018

Google to ban all cryptocurrency ads from June 2018

In a move that is sure to ruffle a few feathers in Silicon Valley, Google is set to ban all cryptocurrency advertising and initial coin offerings (ICO's) from June 2018. The move is part of a new financial product policy set to come into effect from June 2018, and sees all ads about cryptocurrency and related content banned, including...

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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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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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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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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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SYDNEY APPRENTICE SHORT-CHANGED ALMOST $25,000

SYDNEY APPRENTICE SHORT-CHANGED ALMOST $25,000

AN APPRENTICE floor layer has been back-paid almost $25,000 by a western Sydney business, following an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman. Pampost Pty Ltd, trading as Bass Floor Company in Guildford West, paid the full-time adult apprentice at junior rates over two years. The company also kept tool allowances in a fund for emplo...

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SPIKE IN JOB ADS SUGGESTS MARKET ON THE MEND

SPIKE IN JOB ADS SUGGESTS MARKET ON THE MEND

FOLLOWING a rocky end to the financial year, the employment market has once again a boost as ANZ economists reveal a jump in the number of job listings posted nationally in August. Job advertisements bounced a solid 1.8 per cent to more than 160,000, despite a steep drop recorded for the previous month of July. While this slump may ha...

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AUSTRALIA, TIME TO GET REAL ABOUT TOUGH TIMES

AUSTRALIA, TIME TO GET REAL ABOUT TOUGH TIMES

THE European banking crisis remains a ticking time bomb and Australians need a reality check if they are to cope with another global financial crisis, according to former Commonwealth Bank CEO David Murray (pictured). The seasoned corporate executive, who chaired the federal government's inquiry into the banking system in 2014, has al...

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TOURISTS CASHED UP AND HEADING FOR AUSTRALIA

TOURISTS CASHED UP AND HEADING FOR AUSTRALIA

INTERNATIONAL tourists flocked to Australia in FY16 with the tourism industry growing three times faster than the broader economy. Figures from Tourism Research Australia show there was a record 7.2 million international visitors in the 12 months to June 30, up 10 per cent on the previous year. The level of spending grew at a faster r...

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FORECASTER SEES THREE MORE YEARS OF PAIN

FORECASTER SEES THREE MORE YEARS OF PAIN

IF YOU thought the last couple of years were tough then get used to it, says BIS Shrapnel. The economic forecaster is tipping Australia's economic growth to weaken each year over the next three years, buffeted by a stubbornly high dollar and continued structural change in the economy. BIS Shrapnel's Long Term Forecasts: 2016-2...

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RAMSAY SHARES PEAK ON HEALTHY PROFIT

RAMSAY SHARES PEAK ON HEALTHY PROFIT

RAMSAY Health Care (ASX: RHC) shares were given a tonic today as the company reported a 16.8 per cent surge in net profit to $481.4 million. The latest result was aided by a suite of acquisitions and expansions across the private hospital operator's international portfolio. This led to an 11.6 per cent increase in EBIT (earnings b...

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RECKON JOINS FORCES WITH MONEY TRANSFER AGENCY

RECKON JOINS FORCES WITH MONEY TRANSFER AGENCY

ACCOUNTING software provider Reckon (ASX:RKN) has teamed up with one of the world's largest international money transfers businesses. The Sydney-based company has formed a strategic partnership with OzForex trading as OFX (ASX:OFX) to streamline international payments. Reckon's Australian customers that are registered with OFX...

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NEW NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE KICKS IN FROM TOMORROW

NEW NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE KICKS IN FROM TOMORROW

AUSTRALIA'S new minimum wage comes into effect tomorrow. The hourly rate for adult workers will increase from $17.29 to $17.70 starting from the first pay period on or after July 1. Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says the agency's online pay tools can assist employers to calculate their new wage rates to ensure they meet wo...

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SPORTSCRAFT WEARS PENALTY FOR MISLEADING CONDUCT

SPORTSCRAFT WEARS PENALTY FOR MISLEADING CONDUCT

CLOTHING retailer Sportscraft has paid a $21,600 penalty following an industry-wide investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). During its inquiry, the ACCC issued infringement notices to Sportscraft citing reasonable grounds for believing that the retailer had been making false or misleading representation...

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STORM DAMAGE CLAIMS HIT $38M

STORM DAMAGE CLAIMS HIT $38M

THE severe storms that pummelled the east coast over the weekend have been declared an insurance catastrophe with claims tipping $38 million. The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has recorded more than 11,150 claims from across the east coast of Queensland and NSW over damage related to heavy rainfall. ICA acting CEO Karl Sullivan...

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TAX OFFICE RETIRES E-TAX FOR FASTER SYSTEM

TAX OFFICE RETIRES E-TAX FOR FASTER SYSTEM

ALL taxpayers will have to switch to myTax this year after the Australian Taxation Office shut down its legacy online lodgement tool e-tax. The ATO upgraded the replacement tool over the past year to make it suitable for any Australian lodging their own return regardless of their tax affairs. First introduced in 2014, myTax reduces th...

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BUDGET 2016: WHAT IT MEANS FOR BUSINESS

BUDGET 2016: WHAT IT MEANS FOR BUSINESS

BUSINESS is at the forefront of the 2016 federal budget, with SMEs set to see their company tax rate fall to 27.5 per cent from July 1 this year. Treasurer Scott Morrison announced the company tax break in his first budget overnight, a further 1 percentage point reduction for small businesses with annual turnover less than $2 million. ...

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ECONOMIC OPTIMISM SET TO BOOST COMPANY SPENDING

ECONOMIC OPTIMISM SET TO BOOST COMPANY SPENDING

AUSTRALIA'S largest companies have a renewed sense of optimism for the economy and plan to spend big this year to facilitate growth, a new study reveals. The American Express/CFO Research Global Business and Spending Monitor shows 64 per cent of CFOs anticipate economic growth in Australia over the next 12 months, with 81 per cent indi...

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LENDERS 'VULNERABLE, DOWN A BLACK HOLE'

LENDERS 'VULNERABLE, DOWN A BLACK HOLE'

THE corporate watchdog put a spotlight on the cash loan market when it ordered Nimble Australia to repay borrowers $1.5 million last month over allegations that it was not adhering to responsible lending obligations. But now the National Credit Providers Association (NCPA) has launched its own offensive against the authorities, blaming lo...

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'DUMB' LENDING RULES GIVE FOREIGN INVESTORS THE EDGE

'DUMB' LENDING RULES GIVE FOREIGN INVESTORS THE EDGE

TOUGHER lending rules by Australian banks are giving foreign investors an unfair advantage in the property market, according to Aussie Home Loans founder John Symond (pictured). The finance industry veteran says that while he is comfortable with a broad range of initiatives introduced by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APR...

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