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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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    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 […]

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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 […]