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.


Ten's boss confident that free-to-air TV holds appeal

Colin Kruger With low ratings, falling revenue and no major sport to cover, it's all uphill for Ten.


Another Billabong share wipeout

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Colin Kruger A paltry $287 million offer for Billabong was not enough to set a floor under the embattled shares.


Ten gets back to basics after $243m loss

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Colin Kruger Ten Network chief executive Hamish McLennan has signalled there will be no big changes.

Ten drops 'extreme youth focus'


Colin Kruger Ten boss says the network will shift its focus to a ''slightly older skew", shunning the audience that saw it produce failures like Being Lara Bingle.


Analysts glimpse silver lining in the Fairfax cloud

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Colin Kruger The restructure of Fairfax Media announced this week is expected to accelerate two trends, the rise of its highly valued digital businesses, and the grinding down of costs in its traditional...


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.


Fairfax gets its Domain in order on spinoff talk

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Colin Kruger Fairfax Media announced a restructure on Thursday that will establish its strongly performing real estate unit, Domain.


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.


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.


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.


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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