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    Wish list: Retailers set sights on 30% December sales spike

    Wish list: Retailers set sights on 30% December sales spike

    With the Christmas period fast approaching, many Australian retailers and service providers are preparing for their peak earning period. Business information analysts at IBISWorld anticipate sales spikes of between 17% and 90% over the Christmas period. “While this strong seasonal demand and forecast sales spike is set to subsidise weaker trading periods throughout the year, […]

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    From strength to strength: Budget 24-hour gyms thriving

    During the past five years, there has been dramatic growth in the popularity of 24-hour gyms. Consumers are increasingly switching their gym memberships to 24-hour establishments with companies like Anytime Australia, Jetts Fitness and Snap Fitness. These gyms do not typically provide classes like their full-service counterparts, but do offer all-hours access, lower prices and […]

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    IBISWorld reveals which industries will benefit from the free trade agreement with China

    IBISWorld reveals which industries will benefit from the free trade agreement with China

    Australia is a net exporter of both goods and services to China. Overall, Australia had a $45.2 billion surplus for merchandise goods traded with China in 2013-14. The new free trade agreement (FTA) with China will therefore affect a number of Australian industries. Australian merchandise exports to China are dominated by minerals, at 88.5% of […]

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    Infrastructure set to be the major winner at the 2014 Victorian Election

    Infrastructure set to be the major winner at the 2014 Victorian Election

    IBISWorld reveals how the major policies of the two main parties will positively affect industries involved in road, rail and port construction. Residents of Victoria won’t be the only ones closely watching the state election on November 29. A number of national industries and companies are set to benefit from pledges made at election time […]

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    Capacity constraints provide tailwinds for port privatisation

    Capacity constraints provide tailwinds for port privatisation

    Due to the increasing integration of the Australian economy into global supply chains, port operators in Australia are enjoying strong growth in volume. Port authority operations can be divided loosely between bulk product and general cargo ports. The former deal largely with commodity exports, while the latter work with containerised products and general cargo, and […]

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    Progressing to a peaceful world

    Progressing to a peaceful world

    The world is shrinking. Helping that process is fast internet communications, together with automated language interpretation. But there are still barriers to better understanding across the world’s 7.3 billion people. And some of these barriers are scary, such as terrorism emanating from the Middle East. The main barriers to a more peaceful and wider trading […]

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    State of the Nation’s Assets

    State of the Nation’s Assets

    The National Commission of Audit proposed in 2014 that the Federal Government privatise numerous companies, with combined revenue of $10.6 billion and over 43,000 direct and indirect employees. Most of these companies provide vital public and strategic services. In light of the potential developments to come, IBISWorld has prepared an exclusive spotlight release on privatisation […]

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    Consulting industries feel effects of transitioning mining sector

    Consulting industries feel effects of transitioning mining sector

    As the mining boom transitions from investment to production, the effects are being felt throughout a number of other industries. Engineering consultants have had a strong five years, benefiting from robust growth in demand from resources and construction markets. However, growth is set to slow in the next five years as projects are completed and […]

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    Depreciating dollar provides a boost to non-mineral exporters

    Depreciating dollar provides a boost to non-mineral exporters

    The Australian economy has remained relatively stable over the past five years, despite the global financial crisis and the ongoing economic turmoil in Europe and the United States. Over this period, the Australian dollar and the trade-weighted index have reached their highest levels in 30 years. Strong mineral demand from China has helped to stabilise […]

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    Consumers shell out for free-range eggs

    Consumers shell out for free-range eggs

    Increasing consumer awareness and concern with product provenance are driving a shift towards free-range eggs, which currently account for over 20% of the 4 billion eggs produced in Australia each year. IBISWorld reveals how operators along the supply chain will take advantage of the trend. The egg farming industry – worth an estimated $659.6 million […]