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    Banking in 2014 and beyond

    Banking in 2014 and beyond

    Contactless purchases thrive while traditional forms flounder: IBISWorld reveals a personal banking sector at a crossroads Business information analysts at IBISWorld expect that contactless payment methods will all but replace traditional physical credit and debit card payments by 2020 for transactions under $100. Overall, PIN-only and contactless credit card and debit card purchases are likely […]

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    Passenger rail investment gets back on track

    Passenger rail investment gets back on track

    As surging demand for public transport places substantial pressure on existing infrastructure, public transport is set to become a major issue in the upcoming Victorian and New South Wales state elections. Across Australia, public transport infrastructure investment has slowed over the past decade, with political indecision (and more recently, the Federal Government’s reluctance to provide […]

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    Australian online retailers fight back

    Australian online retailers fight back

    The rise of online retailing at the expense of bricks-and-mortar stores has been well documented. Overseas retailers have thus far been the primary beneficiaries of this shift. The strong Australian dollar and significant web presence of companies like ASOS, the Book Depository and Amazon have made online shopping from overseas retailers easy and affordable for […]

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    What is the world coming to?

    What is the world coming to?

    In case some think the world is going to pot, it is well to remember that just 50 years ago in 1964: We didn’t live as long (67 years vs. 78 years for men and 84 for women) We were hung-up and embarrassed by anything to do with sex Domestic violence, rape and paedophilia went […]

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    Who's milking it?

    Who’s milking it?

    IBISWorld discusses the trends that are driving milk production revenue to top $4 billion, including increasing export markets, changing palates and increased health consciousness. Business information analysts at IBISWorld expect milk and milk alternatives, including soy and grain milk, to post healthy annual revenue growth over the next five years to reach $4.2 billion by […]

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    Funding cuts to increase the cost of childcare

    Funding cuts to increase the cost of childcare

    The childcare services industry faces an uncertain future as proposed changes to Federal Government assistance are set to significantly increase childcare costs. Changes include means-testing for childcare assistance payments, a capping of the Child Care Rebate and changes to government funding for preschool education. Should any or all of these changes come to pass, it […]

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    Niche retailing grows on Australians

    Niche retailing grows on Australians

    IBISWorld reveals the extent of Australia’s love affair with niche retailing, including a taste for fast fashion and premium items, which is delivering bumper revenue growth. Business information analysts at IBISWorld expect that several niche retail industries, from bridal stores to fast fashion and maternity wear, will outperform the wider retail industry over the next […]

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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 […]