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    IBISWorld tips 20% boost in seafood consumption over Easter

    IBISWorld tips 20% boost in seafood consumption over Easter

    Fishmongers will benefit from increased seafood consumption over Easter. According to business information analysts at IBISWorld, Australians are anticipated to spend $24.4 million on seafood over Easter this year or 3.4% more than 2013, while consumption is projected to increase by 20% on the previous year. This will provide the fishing industry a brief reprieve […]

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    Major firms restructure as construction investment strengthens

    Major firms restructure as construction investment strengthens

    As the construction sector bounces back from the global financial crisis, some major building contactors are restructuring to capitalise on the recovery. Low interest rates and gradually rising private and government capital expenditure are generating growth across the sector. Although market conditions remain challenging, IBISWorld expects revenue for the construction sector to grow at an […]

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    DJs takeover not enough to change bleak outlook for department stores

    DJs takeover not enough to change bleak outlook for department stores

    While South African retailer Woolworths’ proposed takeover of the David Jones department stores added impetus to David Jones’ shares, growth prospects for Australia’s department stores industry remain conservative. Over the past five years, the department stores industry’s revenue has contracted at a compound annual rate of 1.8% to total $18.7 billion. Profit margins have fallen […]

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    Cafes eat into fast-food operators’ share of the takeaway market

    Cafes eat into fast-food operators’ share of the takeaway market

    The market for convenient takeaway meals has become a battleground between small independent cafes and the fast-food heavyweights. Fierce competition between the cafes and fast-food services industries continues. Cafes are encroaching on the traditional territory of fast-food operators, offering a wider variety of ready-to-eat options for consumers on the go. The $15.3 billion fast-food services […]

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    Easter spending: sweets, seafood and the great Australian road trip

    Easter spending: sweets, seafood and the great Australian road trip

    This Easter, couples and families will take advantage of the bumper holiday period to enjoy travel, fine food and drink, and premium confectionery, say business information analysts at IBISWorld. This year, Easter falls during a bumper holiday period, coinciding with the April school holidays and closely followed by Anzac Day. According to IBISWorld, Australians will […]

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    Our changing markets

    Our changing markets

    Revenue generated by Australia’s 2.2 million enterprises in 2013 was some $4.4 trillion. Most of that (around $2.5 trillion) came from intermediate markets, with goods and services on the way to final markets. A lot of double or multiple counting is involved in these intermediate markets along the input-output chain to the final customers, be […]

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    Two manufacturing industries moving in different directions

    Two manufacturing industries moving in different directions

    Cars and trains are the two primary modes of passenger transport in Australia, but by 2017, cars will be produced solely overseas. Both the motor vehicle manufacturing industry and the railway equipment manufacturing and repair industry have faced sustained strong import penetration and high local wage costs over the past five years. In spite of […]

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    Education industries adjust to funding changes

    Education industries adjust to funding changes

    In response to the Gonski review, Federal Government funding is moving away from higher education and towards schools. The start of the school year marked the beginning of a new funding model for Australian schools. As an estimated 4.9 million students returned to school and higher education, the funding flows into the education and training […]

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    Growing pains: Globalisation and Australian agribusiness

    Growing pains: Globalisation and Australian agribusiness

    Australia is increasingly being viewed as the ‘food basket’ of the Asia-Pacific region. The nation’s vast tracts of farming land, its international reputation for quality and its proximity to rapidly growing Asian markets are making the sector attractive to foreign investors. As a result, Australia’s agribusiness sector has become increasing globalised in the past decade, […]

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    The closure of car making

    The closure of car making

    The closure of car making within three years has led to a debate about protectionism and subsidies: a necessary debate in a country like ours that hasn’t seen any meaningful economic or labour reforms for nearly a decade. Fruit processing and other industries are in this arena too. The jingoism, hyperbole, deception, self-interest and just […]