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    Universities on the line

    Universities on the line

    As online education providers enter the higher education market, many traditional universities are expanding into the virtual space. Online educators include content providers that offer accredited and unaccredited units known as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Some MOOC providers, such as Open Universities Australia (OUA), are supported by universities. Others, such as Cengage Learning Australia, […]

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    It’s a small world in the freelance economy

    It’s a small world in the freelance economy

    The factor that makes websites so popular for businesses – their borderless nature – is supporting a growing external threat to the Australian web design services industry. More work is being outsourced to freelancers, many of which are located overseas. Online outsourcing platforms such as DesignCrowd, Freelancer and Elance are intensifying globalisation in the web […]

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    IBISWorld reveals the industries set to fly and fall in 2015

    IBISWorld reveals the industries set to fly and fall in 2015

    As Australian companies enter the new year, business information analysts at IBISWorld reveal the five industries expected to soar and the five expected to sink. Business information analysts at IBISWorld expect 2015 to be a boom year for a wide array of industries. Coal seam gas extraction will provide the benchmark for others to chase, […]

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    Australians set to jump-start the New Year with a new set of wheels

    Australians set to jump-start the New Year with a new set of wheels

    IBISWorld tips record new car loans in 2015 with low interest rates and strong property prices  While there’s always plenty of talk about Australians’ love affair with investing in property, IBISWorld research reveals we’re turning our attention to cars in 2015, following a recent upward trend in the use of finance to purchase passenger vehicles. […]

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    Powering down: Growth in electricity distribution revenue to slow

    Powering down: Growth in electricity distribution revenue to slow

    After a period of steeply increasing electricity costs, consumers in New South Wales and Tasmania are finally going to get a break. The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has released new revenue determinations for the 2014-15 to 2018-19 regulatory period for the two states, and the changes are likely to result in significant reductions to end […]

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    The changing face of Australian tourism

    The changing face of Australian tourism

    Chinese visitors are the biggest spenders, while Koreans stay the longest, in IBISWorld’s snapshot of today’s transforming tourism sector. Australia’s total tourism market is expected to be worth $117.2 billion in 2014-15. The industry is benefiting as international travellers take advantage of the weakening dollar to visit Australia. Annualised growth of 1.9% is forecast over […]

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    Electric vehicles a slow-burning threat to fuel retailers

    Electric vehicles a slow-burning threat to fuel retailers

    Fuel retailers such as Woolworths Limited and Wesfarmers Limited (through its Coles Express brand) have a strong hold on the fuel retailing industry. However, the increase in availability of electric vehicles has the potential to disrupt the operations of these established retailers. IBISWorld expects the fuel retailing industry to grow at an annualised 0.6% over […]

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    Planning for the year ahead

    Planning for the year ahead

    While Australia’s economy and main reporting season are on a fiscal year basis, rather than a calendar year, somehow January still ushers in a fresh start. We know there will always be surprises as the year unfolds, some affecting our own business, most not. But always interesting nevertheless. In the Industrial Age up to the […]

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    On demand TV casts a shadow over fortunes of free-to-air and pay TV providers

    On demand TV casts a shadow over fortunes of free-to-air and pay TV providers

    IBISWorld analyses the rise of IPTV, the domestic launch of Netflix, and the effects on free-to-air and pay television providers  With the impending entry of Netflix into the Australian media sector, the battle for viewers will intensify among Australia’s IPTV (internet protocol television), pay-TV and free-to-air TV providers. Internet protocol television (IPTV) is currently the […]

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    Piercing and Tattoo parlour sign

    Skin deep: The ups and downs of tattoos and tanning

    Fashion moves in cycles. From time to time, external factors move in to influence fashion and beauty trends. Over the past five years, such factors have affected providers of solarium tanning services and tattooing services in very different ways. Legislation changes, shifting beauty standards and technological developments have dramatically altered how these services are perceived […]