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 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

Kathmandu jumpers.

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

Generic milk.

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

Generic milk.

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

Kathmandu signage.

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

Kathmandu jumpers.

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

Surfer and sunrise.

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

Billabong Pro.

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

David Jones logo.

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.

Class action

Litigation group threat to pursue Cameron

Katmandu founder Jan Cameron.

Colin Kruger Kathmandu founder Jan Cameron is now the target of litigation funder IMF.


Coke's boss in last call

Terry Davis.

Colin Kruger and Madeleine Heffernan Terry Davis, one of Australia's longest-serving CEO's, will leave Coca-Cola Amatil next year.


Coke CEO to step down

Coca-Cola Amatil has inherited a beer and spirts business in Fiji and Samoa from Foster's that it plans to invest in to unlock the growth potential for the export of local beer and rum to new markets.

Colin Kruger Coca-Cola Amatil has announced that its chief executive Terry Davis will step down next year after more than 12 years running the beverage group.


Ten takes issue with draft regulation


Colin Kruger Hamish McLennan, has outlined the Ten Network's opposition to removal of the reach rule which prevents mergers between the metro television operators and their regional counterparts

Packer warns politicians on Asia message

Crown chairman James Packer before he addressed the Tourism Aviation Transport and Infrastructure Summit in Canberra on Wednesday 31 October 2012 Photo: Andrew Meares

Colin Kruger With an election looming, billionaire James Packer has warned both sides of politics against sending xenophobic messages to the region that will define our future - Asia.


Rushed rule changes lose wide support


Colin Kruger Southern Cross Media shares fell on Wednesday as markets started discounting the chances of the government passing media reforms that would ease mergers and acquisitions in the sector.


Media dogfight over merger reform

TV ratings battle television stations network networks Ten Seven Nine free to air channels photo illustration

Colin Kruger The media industry is at loggerheads over reforms announced this week governing potential mergers and acquisitions in the sector, raising doubts about whether the legislation will be passed,...