Colin Kruger

Colin Kruger

Colin Kruger is a business reporter focused on the retail and gambling industries. He joined the Sydney Morning Herald in 1999 as its technology editor. Other roles have included the Herald's deputy business editor and online business editor.


Billabong extends trading halt as suitors hold back

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Colin Kruger Billabong has called an indefinite trading suspension while negotiations with two potential suitors drag on.


Billabong share suspension 'indefinite'

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Colin Kruger Billabong has asked for a trading suspension to remain in place until it can make an announcement about the takeover negotiations.


Fairfax shake-up to see Metro boss depart

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Colin Kruger Fairfax Metro Media chief executive Jack Matthews is set to leave the publishing company in a massive shake-up that will see its business units reshuffled and merged.


Coles puts heat on suppliers in new line call

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Colin Kruger Coles has denied that a major review of its health and nutrition product offerings is designed to squeeze branded products off its shelves in favour of private-label replacements.


More structural change and cuts as Fairfax turns to digital

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Colin Kruger Fairfax Media is expected to announce a restructure and management overhaul this week.


Billabong on hold as takeover talks continue

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Colin Kruger and Eli Greenblat Speculation is mounting that Billabong's two US private equity suitors have dropped their takeover offer price to as low as 80¢ a share.


Byron Bay Cookie Company for sale

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Colin Kruger The Byron Bay Cookie Company is being put up for sale this week and foreign buyers have already shown interest as bank-appointed receivers try to recover millions of dollars.


Billabong takeover talks stall, so trading halts


Colin Kruger Update:Billabong called for a trading in its shares while negotiations continue with its two private equity-lead suitors. If the bids fail Billabong might need a $100 million capital raising.


Kathmandu CEO takes extended leave

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Colin Kruger Kathmandu has been beset by further misfortune with chief executive Peter Halkett forced to take extended leave after suffering a severe infection following routine surgery last month.


'Stretched' Billabong sweats on two bidding groups' offers


Colin Kruger Billabong investors are waiting to hear whether concrete bids have emerged from the sportswear group's two suitors.

The high cost of cheap milk


Colin Kruger After two years of heavy discounting, the tide seems to be turning against private brands as new tactics are deployed.

Consumers lapping up $1 a litre milk, data shows

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Colin Kruger Australia's big supermarket operators, Coles and Woolworths, may have copped a public flogging over their $1 a litre milk, but consumers are showing approval where it counts - in their shopping...


Woolworths goes direct to farm gate

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Colin Kruger Woolworths has unveiled plans to source milk direct from Australian dairy farmers.

Milk wars

Woolies to go direct to dairy farmers

Kirin blames yesterday's share plunge on its Australian dairy division.

Colin Kruger Woolworths is expected to unveil plans to buy milk directly from Australian dairy farmers as part of a campaign to demonstrate its concern about the viability of the industry despite offering $1 a...

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Kathmandu outlook cautious

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Colin Kruger Kathmandu has warned that conditions will remain difficult, despite reporting a 70 per cent jump in first-half profit.


Kathmandu bags handy profits boost

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Colin Kruger Kathmandu has defied difficult retail conditions to post a hefty rise in first half profit, but has not provided any full-year guidance.


Billabong shares fail to fight back

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Colin Kruger It appears to be a case of once bitten twice shy for Billabong investors with the stock failing to recover Thursday’s losses despite the company confirming both potential suitors are ‘‘still in the...


Billabong shares slump before trading halt

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Colin Kruger Billabong has gone into a trading halt after shares crashed to a record low, suggesting the company will not get a formal takeover offer from either of its private equity suitors which are due to...


DJs high-fashion focus at heart of profit plan

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Colin Kruger and Carolyn Cummins David Jones will increase its private-label offerings as it chases higher profit margins.

Blockbuster Tom Waterhouse deal 'not on': suitor

Colin Kruger British bookmaker Ladbrokes has hosed down reports it is about to buy into the online betting business owned by Tom Waterhouse at a price that values it in the hundreds of millions of dollars.