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Fels to lead 7-Eleven pay inquiry

The former competition watchdog says 7-Eleven's model sets franchisees up to fail.
Adele Ferguson

One of 7-Eleven's most savage critics, former ACCC tsar Allan Fels, will spearhead a company-funded investigation into the widespread exploitation of thousands of workers in the convenience store giant's franchise network.

The digital force awakens: The Star Wars movie collection is set to arrive on digital HD platforms.

The Force Awakens at midnight

Catie Low

Australian Star Wars fans were the first in the world to get a look at the new Star Wars Episode 7 toys on Thursday.

Coles continues to grow at a much faster rate than Woolworths.

Would Wal-Mart buy Woolworths?

James Greenhalgh

With Woolworths reporting its 2015 results last Friday, the company continues to make news for the wrong reasons.


China's searching for a scapegoats

Ye Xie and Gabrielle Coppola

Since the stock market started melting down in mid-June, the government has tried a series of increasingly desperate measures to halt the slide.

Domestic issues weighed on the ASX on Thursday.

ASX falls on economic concerns

Vanessa Desloires

The Australian sharemarket suffered another dramatic turnaround after an early rally quickly turned sour, as disappointing economic data directed investor attention to domestic issues.


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Google logo gets a new look

Google's new logo drops the serifs and tweaks the colours, but keeps the tilted 'e'.
Brian Womack

Google is changing its logo and identity, reflecting a digital world centred on mobile devices.



$A forecast to hit US60 cents

The Australian dollar has been slump as concerns about China weigh.
Rose Powell, Vanessa Desloires

Few would have thought a year ago the Australian dollar, which was barely 5 cents from parity with the greenback, would be trading at US70¢ but on Wednesday it plunged lower to reach a six-year low.

Fundies cut risk, bargain hunt

A trader looks at stock prices on a screen while working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly before the closing bell in New York August 26, 2015. Wall Street was sharply higher on Wednesday while European shares and commodities prices fell as investors balanced strong U.S. economic data and interest rate comments with fears about China's slowing economy.   REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Mark Mulligan

Cash is king for now, according to Australian fund managers, who say stock buying opportunities will abound once the battered Australian market dives further.

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Rio reaffirms China steel output call

Rio is tipping global iron ore demand will increase to three billion tonnes by 2030.
Amanda Saunders

Rio Tinto believes global iron ore output will have to increase over the next 15 years and is sticking by its widely ridiculed prediction that Chinese steel production will peak around 1 billion tonnes by 2030 – an outcome that would underpin Australian mining for decades, deepen the trade relationship with China and help the federal budget.

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Brooks returns to her old job at News Corp

Rebekah Brooks leaves court in London in 2014.
Kate Holton

The Rupert Murdoch protegee, cleared of overseeing widespread phone-hacking, will again run News Corp's British newspaper arm.

More Toshiba accounting errors found

The laptops-to-nuclear conglomerate had already delayed announcing its results by around three months due to an independent investigation over its past accounting practices.
Ritsuko Ando

Toshiba has again delayed announcing its annual financial results, as new accounting errors prevented it from drawing a line under Japan's worst corporate scandal in four years.


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Suburban office market booming

This Centrelink-leased building at 172-186 Moreland Road, Brunswick, fetched $20.95 million in June.
Nicole Lindsay

An offshore investor has splashed out nearly $24 million on a Blackburn North office building as the suburban office market racks up another year of record sales.

One Wharf Lane set to shine

One Wharf Lane being developed by M&L and Brookfield.
Carolyn Cummins

The $220-million redeveopment of the Four Points by Sheraton and the adjoining conference centre has been given an extra boost with the addition of two more floors at the adjoining office project.

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Aus hit by double whammy of bad economic news

Australia's economic growth is the weakest it has been in two years and the dollar slumps to a six year low.