Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson comments on companies, markets and the economy.

Adele Ferguson

Hochtief truce with ACS signals new turn for embattled Leighton

Adele Ferguson The battle to control the country's biggest construction company, Leighton Holdings, will take another turn following a peace deal expected to be brokered this week between Spanish construction giant...

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Toppled King sails back into view as a battle royale looms in Leighton boardroom

Adele Ferguson The battle to control the country's biggest construction company, Leighton Holdings, will take another turn after a peace deal was brokered between the Spanish construction giant Grupo ACS and...

How Australia fell off the map of the international traveller

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Adele Ferguson After just two minutes with James Packer you can sense his frustration. Australia's highest profile billionaire is spending about $2 billion upgrading his Melbourne and Perth casinos to attract the...

Tourism needs to lift its game: Packer

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Adele Ferguson Billionaire James Packer calls on government to become more accountable for the $500 million they dole out to tourism bodies to market Australia.

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'Pull your finger out, Australia'

James Packer

Adele Ferguson Casino king James Packer is concerned that our tourist industry is out of place, out of step and running out of time to cash in the vast riches on offer from Asia, writes Adele Ferguson.

Packer's $1.3b gaming palace

Crown Casino

Adele Ferguson In the private gaming salons on the 39th floor of billionaire James Packer's Crown Casino, turnover on a baccarat table can be $30 million an hour.

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NAB surprises again - with a positive result

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Adele Ferguson After years of disappointments and financial tricks to tart up headline profit numbers, NAB releases a set of figures that cheered investors.

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Westpac result points to profit crest for banks

Adele Ferguson Westpac's interim profit is a further sign that the stunts pulled last year by politicians about bank super profits are over - for now.

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ANZ's shiny profit is hollow inside

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Adele Ferguson The ANZ released a set of profit figures yesterday that took the sizzle out of its Asian growth strategy and reaffirmed that banks will struggle to find income growth in the face of weakening loan...

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ANZ profit less flash on close examination

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Adele Ferguson ANZ Bank released a set of profit figures today that look good at first cut but are less flash on closer examination.

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Soaring dollar, thrifty consumers have manufacturers on the ropes

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Adele Ferguson Industry groups set to go into lobbying overdrive in last-ditch attempt to influence federal government to provide budget relief to industries being smashed by high Australian dollar and weakening...

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Manufacturers squeezed by surging dollar now fear the sharp blade of budget cuts

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Adele Ferguson Industry groups will go into lobbying overdrive this week in a last-ditch effort to influence the federal government to provide relief in the budget for industries being battered by the high...

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Sibling rivalry creates a crisis of identity for big brother Qantas

Adele Ferguson As QANTAS stares down the barrel of some potentially explosive industrial action over the next few weeks, analysts have been taking the knife to their forecasts, particularly as oil prices continue...

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Rising Aussie dollar hurting key industries

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Adele Ferguson The rise and rise of the Australian dollar to a 29-year high continues to crank up the pressure on some of the country's key industries including manufacturing and tourism.

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The 'Jetstarising' of Qantas has left it stuck on the tarmac with a poor reputation

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Adele Ferguson As Qantas faces some potentially explosive industrial action over the next few weeks, analysts have been taking the knife to their forecasts, particularly as oil prices continue to rise and...

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Reason to cheer Computershare's biggest deal

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Adele Ferguson Computershare takes advantage of the soaring Australian dollar in clinching its largest corporate deal.

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Bank inquiry to be short on silver bullets

Adele Ferguson The Bushby inquiry in bank competition will deliver recommendations that will come at a cost the Gillard Government may baulk at paying.

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A dangerous mess to clear up

Adele Ferguson As the ASX ponders life with its first real competitor, Chi-X, and a failed $8.4 billion takeover bid by Singapore Exchange, pressure is mounting on the Treasurer, Wayne Swan, to release details of...

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Origin keeps heat on carbon debate

Adele Ferguson Origin Energy edges closer to hitting the go button on a massive $30b LNG project in Queensland, a move that will keep the heat on the carbon tax debate.

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Coles turnaround wows rival

Adele Ferguson Dazzling third-quarter sales figures at Coles will give arch rival Woolworths some major heartburn.