Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson

Adele Ferguson comments on companies, markets and the economy.

Adele Ferguson

Woolies' choice of CEO uncovers the board's dedication to diversification

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Adele Ferguson Woolworths' decision to promote Grant O'Brien to chief executive over his boss, Greg Foran, speaks volumes about the thinking of the board.

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Quiet push for ASIC changes

First mover

Adele Ferguson Beyond the big PR splash by ASIC over the past week, there are moves afoot to reform the corporate watchdog.

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Leighton and its boss under pressure to pull big rabbit from one of their small hats

Adele Ferguson Directors at Australia's biggest construction group, Leighton Holdings, will meet tomorrow to discuss the company's third quarter performance and whether they can pull a big rabbit out of a small hat...

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Challenging times ahead for Leighton board and managers

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Adele Ferguson Directors at Australia's biggest construction group Leighton Holdings will meet tomorrow to discuss the company's third-quarter performance and whether they can pull a big rabbit out of a small hat...

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Food fight delights shoppers - and turns struggling suppliers into basket cases

Adele Ferguson The price war between Coles and Woolworths will be in the spotlight tomorrow when executives from both companies appear before a Senate inquiry into the long-term implications of the battle on the...

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Processors and farmers the victims when supermarket giants go to war

Adele Ferguson The savage price war between Coles and Woolworths is forcing many independents to take their trucks to Dan Murphy’s or First Choice and buy the beer from there.

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The Gunfight at VB Corral


Adele Ferguson Foster's has drawn a line in the sand in its beer-pricing battle with Coles and Woolworths.

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Beer today, none tomorrow as brewer takes on big chains

Foster's beer

Adele Ferguson As the dust settles on the move by the Foster's beer boss, John Pollaers, to withdraw key products from Woolworths and Coles after three years of loss-leading antics, the spotlight is turning to the...

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Pricing power of giants exposed by Foster's stunt


Adele Ferguson The decision by Foster's to pull key brands from the supermarket chains to stop them discounting below cost has stirred up a hornets' nest.

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Penfolds goes shopping for cut-price Penfolds

Adele Ferguson The head of Foster's Group sales sends a novel email to his sales staff to use their company credit cards and buy as much Penfolds 389 as they can from Coles liquor outlets.

Beer backlash hits retailers

Craft Beer

Adele Ferguson and Richard Willingham Retail giants Woolworths and Coles are facing a growing public backlash and scrutiny in Parliament over their aggressive pricing strategies.

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Grocery giants to get grilling over grog wars


Adele Ferguson and Jen Rosenberg A PARLIAMENTARY inquiry into the milk price wars between the supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths will unofficially be extended to beer when the two retailers front up for a grilling in Canberra...

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Beer war as Foster's takes on chains to stop sale of $28 cases


Adele Ferguson BEER has become the new battleground in the supermarket price war after the country's biggest beer group, Foster's, pulled key stock from Coles and Woolworths after learning of a blitz promotion to...

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Beer wars: big retail v Foster's

Victoria Bitter - VB

Adele Ferguson Beer becomes new battleground in supermarket price war as country's biggest brewer pulls key brands from Coles and Woolworths after learning of plans for promotional war to sell it at below cost...

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Mounting toll of natural disasters strikes a chill note for the insurance industry

Adele Ferguson In the underwriting room of the world's biggest insurance market, Lloyd's of London, hangs the Lutine Bell. It rings once for world disasters.

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Magnitude of insurance claims still almost impossible to measure

Adele Ferguson A week after the devastating 9.0-scale Japanese earthquake, the bell has yet to toll at the Lloyd's headquarters in Lime Street, London.

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Seismic shock for fractured global economy following Japan earthquake

Adele Ferguson The ramifications of the earthquake will accentuate an already challenging situation.

Insurance stocks take a battering


Adele Ferguson, London The biggest earthquake in Japan's history has left the global equities and insurance markets reeling.

Japan impact rattles investors


Adele Ferguson LONDON THE biggest earthquake in Japan's history left the global equities and insurance markets reeling as experts spent the weekend grappling with the financial impact on the world's third-biggest economy...

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Aftershocks from Japan when there are already pressures enough on the global economy

Adele Ferguson Until the earthquake in Japan rocked the world on Friday, the two biggest threats to the global economy were a potential oil supply shock triggered by the political turmoil in the Middle East and the...