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    Milking it: Dairy suppliers turn to China amid falling domestic prices

    Milking it: Dairy suppliers turn to China amid falling domestic prices

    In early 2011, Coles and Woolworths kicked off the milk price war by selling generic-brand milk for $1.00 per litre. The duopoly’s demand for heavily discounted milk forced fresh milk producers to look for new markets and revenue sources. Dairy producers began targeting China. The Australian dairy industry is well positioned to export to China […]

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    Sweetening the deal: Increasing demand for sugar to offset effects of supply-chain shake-up

    Sweetening the deal: Increasing demand for sugar to offset effects of supply-chain shake-up

    Australia’s sugar supply chain is set for a shake-up following announcements from milling giants Wilmar International and MSF Sugar that they will no longer export through Queensland Sugar Limited. Both companies will sever ties with Queensland Sugar at the end of harvest season in 2016, and create separate export channels for the 2017 harvest season […]

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    Will we run out of jobs or workers?

    Will we run out of jobs or workers?

    There have been times in Australia’s history when there were more workers than available jobs, most notably during economic depressions. The first chart shows the devastating levels of unemployment in the 1890s and 1930s depressions. There are now similar levels of unemployment in Poland and Italy, and Greece and Spain have far worse levels than […]

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    IBISWorld forecasts industries to rise and fall in the next financial year

    IBISWorld forecasts industries to rise and fall in the next financial year

    As Australian companies ring in the new financial year, business information analysts at IBISWorld reveal the industries set to sink and soar. Business information analysts at IBISWorld expect the next financial year to hold the promise of increased revenue for a diverse range of industries, from building societies to online education. While these industries are […]

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    The chicken or the egg: Poultry meat farming remains more profitable than egg farming

    The chicken or the egg: Poultry meat farming remains more profitable than egg farming

    Last month, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) started proceedings in the Federal Court against the Australian Egg Corporation Limited (AECL) and a number of its directors, and two egg-producing companies. The consumer watchdog alleges that the organisations attempted to convince AECL-member egg producers to cull breeding hens and dispose of eggs to reduce […]

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    IBISWorld analyses the increasing consumption of functional beverages

    IBISWorld analyses the increasing consumption of functional beverages

     From time-poor professionals to weekend sports enthusiasts and sleep-deprived students, consumption of functional beverages is soaring. “Whether you are a student, sportsperson or someone trying to balance work with other commitments, chances are that you have reached for a functional drink designed to boost alertness, improve digestion or enhance on-the-field performance,” said IBISWorld General Manager […]

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    IBISWorld forecasts which jobs will sink and soar over 2014 – and beyond

    IBISWorld forecasts which jobs will sink and soar over 2014 – and beyond

    For those looking to futureproof their careers and incomes, business information analysts at IBISWorld reveal the key jobs of the future, highlighting industries that are tipped to enjoy strong growth in wages and high demand for skilled workers in the five years to come. “Whether you are a school leaver, professional or someone keen to […]

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    A good bet: Growth in online gambling is attracting international operators

    A good bet: Growth in online gambling is attracting international operators

    The horse and sports betting industry has traditionally been dominated by TAB retail outlets, monopolised in most states by Tabcorp Holdings Limited and Tatts Group Limited. However, the increasing use of online and mobile betting services has uncovered a new area of growth. Tabcorp reported double-digit growth in its digital operations for 2013, while the […]

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    Facing the music: Digital products taking market share from traditional formats

    Facing the music: Digital products taking market share from traditional formats

    Increased internet connectivity, combined with the rapid proliferation of smartphones and tablets, has contributed to the rise of digital media at the expense of physical products such as CDs and magazines. This has been illustrated by the continuous decline of physical format music sales over the past five years, which is in contrast with the […]

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    In Search of Statesmanship

    In Search of Statesmanship

    In this second decade of the new century, the world is not blessed with many statesmen or stateswomen across its 230 nations, even in the 34 wealthier OECD members for that matter, which account for over three-quarters of world GDP. Fortunately, a few of the more incompetent leaders in some of the GFC-afflicted nations have […]