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.

Coles again to leave Woolies in the shade

Colin Kruger THE release of Coles's sales results for the December quarter today is expected to confirm that its grocery business has outperformed rival Woolworths on a same store basis for a 10th consecutive...

Funtastic rebound to cheer Lachlan Murdoch

Lachlan Murdoch.

Colin Kruger Media scion Lachlan Murdoch can breathe easier after a five-fold increase in Funtastic's share price since November.

Rival chains spark up

Offloading the Dick Smith business may not be that easy.

Colin Kruger The impending sale of about 300 Dick Smith electronic stores brought some joy to its listed rivals yesterday as investors cheered up at the signs of rationalisation in the cut-throat sector.

Growth slows at Woolworths

Woolworths, Australia?s largest supermarket operator, will take a $300million hit to close as many as 100 Dick Smith stores.

Colin Kruger Falling food prices and a cool summer added to Woolworths' challenges in the December quarter.

Woolies to sell Dick Smith as sales disappoint


Colin Kruger Woolworths plans to sell off its struggling Dick Smith consumer electronics division as the supermarket giant steps up its price war with rival Coles.

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Woolworths beefs up its board

Colin Kruger WOOLWORTHS has added some much-needed retail experience to its board before what is expected to be another challenging quarterly sales announcement today.

Retail infusion for board


Colin Kruger Woolworths has added some much-needed retail experience to its board before what is expected to be another challenging quarterly sales announcement today, with analysts forecasting rival Coles will...

Woolies bolsters board with new directors


Colin Kruger Woolworths bolstered its board today with the appointment of three new non-executive directors including David Mackay, the former president and chief executive of US snack food giant Kellogg's.

Spotless silent on stand-off with Pacific


Colin Kruger THE Spotless board met on Friday without issuing a peep to the two groups with whom it is at loggerheads: the contract cleaner's suitor, Pacific Equity Partners, and its shareholders, who are...

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Safe to punt on some reform

Andrew Wilkie

Colin Kruger He may abhor poker machines, but the Tasmanian MP Andrew Wilkie sure knows how to gamble.

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The games people play with pokies reform

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Colin Kruger He may abhor pokies but Tasmanian MP Andrew Wilkie sure knows how to gamble.

Cull in store for Specialty Fashion

Products in 'La Senza Lingerie' for My Village does Birkenhead Point, Sydney. 3rd February 2011. Photos: Tamara Dean

Colin Kruger Specialty Fashion Group announced first-half earnings would plummet by 38 per cent.

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It's not all gloom in retail sector

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Colin Kruger Australia's two-speed economy has nothing on the patchwork performance of our retail industry.

Board puts $743m price tag on Spotless Group


Colin Kruger SPOTLESS Group has named its price, telling suitor Pacific Equity Partners a $743.4 million offer would be needed to obtain a unanimous recommendation from the board.

China to the rescue of tourism

China's economic contribution to tourism in Australia could top $6 billion by 2020.

Colin Kruger An influx of China's wealthy middle class is keeping the tourism industry afloat.

China leads Asian pack to save a struggling industry


Colin Kruger AUSTRALIANS feeling guilty about their overseas jaunts at the expense of local tourism destinations can take heart - the Chinese are coming.

Premium drops in short supply

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Colin Kruger Treasury Wine Estates has the unusual problem of demand outstripping supply.

Demand for prestige brands outstrips supply

Colin Kruger AMID a continuing wine glut the Foster's wine spin-off, Treasury Wine Estates, has the opposite problem: demand is outstripping supply for some of its premium brands, and not just Penfolds.

Earnings slip from the peak


Colin Kruger Outdoor adventure wear company Kathmandu has stuck to its full-year earnings guidance, and plans to open 15 new stores this year, despite becoming the latest retailer to succumb to soft Christmas...

Casinos lay big bets on tourism


Colin Kruger The name Tiger Woods still draws a crowd, just ask Australian golf tournament organisers who paid the former world No. 1 ranked golfer more than $8 million over the past three years just to show up.