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Evidence suggests an economy tracking below trend

Data this week shows the economy has slowed in the June quarter, maybe significantly, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Economy coming off the boil as Stevens sets things straight for the markets

The economy is losing steam in the second quarter of the year, and the budget didn’t help. But RBA governor Glenn Stevens says interest rates will be steady for a long time to come, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Flat jobs numbers have the economy marking time

This week’s jobs data aren’t anything to be worried about but it’s clear the strong economic start to 2014 hasn’t been maintained, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Consumer sentiment might become the government’s real budget crisis

Consumer sentiment has responded negatively to the budget, but it remains to be seen if that translate into real economic consequences, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Are we in danger of choking off a recovering economy?

As we head toward the 2014-15 budget, we’ve been given a clear view of how the economy is travelling, and the risks of a harsh budget, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Retail woes? Myer could learn a lot from Kmart

Myer is moaning about the tough times in retail, but Kmart has managed to do well in tough times. Take note, Bernie Brookes — the comparison is stark.

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GST lost to online imports isn’t the problem. This is …

Retailers’ arguments that we should impose the GST on online imported purchases ignore the point that other, more obvious GST fixes will yield far more money. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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Stronger retail and building data sits economy back in sweet spot

Today’s retail sales and building figures show an economy picking up, just as the RBA has been trying to engineer, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Slap in the (Pie) Face: tough market ‘separates men from boys’

Disgruntled Pie Face franchisees threaten legal action against the successful pastry seller. But the boss tells SmartCompany’s Patrick Stafford tough conditions have just separated “the men and the boys”.

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If the RBA cuts, it will be because it is looking offshore

New data on retail sales and import/export trade are unlikely to affect the Reserve Bank’s thinking ahead of tomorrow’s crucial interest rates meeting.

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Where customer service training videos go to die

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Retail turns down again, led by the usual suspects

July retail sales data shows department stores and clothing still doing it tough.

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An economy on the up

The steady growth of the Australian economy continues.

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Retail data confirms a strengthening economy

Today’s retail sales data adds to the emerging picture of an economy performing more strongly than anticipated - which will have implications for interest rates and the budget surplus.

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A change of weather luck on the way

The task of selling the need for action to combat climate change has surely been made harder for the federal government by the last 12 months in Australia being a little on the cool side.

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Our two-speed economy: retail falls, construction rises

The immediate reaction from the market and some analysts was to ignore to good news from the construction work and concentrate on the fall in retail sales.

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Retail sales are a lot stronger, says ABS

A great scene setter from Europe and the markets this morning for what will be a ropey 2012-13 federal budget tomorrow.

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Getting closer to a leadership challenge story

In my search for the first of the season came this from AAP yesterday afternoon…

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WIll the RBA cut the official interest rate?

The market is less confident today than it was a week ago that the Reserve Bank Board will cut the official interest rate when it meets tomorrow.

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Retail data: an industry changing, not collapsing

Ignore the doomsters: Australia retail is doing OK — it’s just changing, and not in a way the Gerry Harveys of the world like.

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No mad shopping spree for Aussies

Australians certainly did not go on an early pre-Christmas shopping spree.

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The bright side of bad housing data

Today’s Australian Bureau of Statistics figures means there are more skilled trades people available to help cope with the boom in mining industry construction.

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A campaigning paper

The Sydney Daily Telegraph is clearly on the campaign trail.

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How retailers are shooting themselves in the foot

Forget about high interest rates, or poor consumer customers — retailers are being destroyed by smarter competitors.

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Retail sales — there’s more than two speeds to this slice of the economy

The cliché of the two-speed economy goes strangely missing when commentators start talking about retail - but not everything in retail is going badly.

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