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.

Tabcorp bets on full-year profit jump


Colin Kruger Wagering and gaming firm Tabcorp Holdings has lifted its first half underlying profit by 14.1 per cent and expects a similar performance for the remainder of the year.

Spotless allows suitor access to its books


Colin Kruger The Spotless board has allowed Pacific Equity Partners to conduct 'non-exclusive due diligence'.

Spotless bows to shareholder pressure


Colin Kruger Spotless will open its books to suitor Pacific Equity Partners after some of its biggest shareholders threatened to oust the board for blocking a $711.5 million offer.

Coles bags bigger share

Both retailers claim to have increased market share over the quarter.

Colin Kruger Coles issues sales results for the December quarter confirming it continues to close the gap on Woolworths.

Another victory to Coles in war of the supermarkets

Colin Kruger COLES signalled yesterday there is no end in sight for the supermarket price wars it kicked off a year ago as sales results for the December quarter confirmed it continued to close the gap on larger...

Wesfarmers admits a liquor problem

Richard Goyder

Colin Kruger COLES did little yesterday to change the perception it is gaining on its larger rival Woolworths - except in the liquor business that is.

Coles aims to get its drinks mix right

Colin Kruger Coles did little today to change the perception it is gaining on its larger rival Woolworths - except when it come to selling booze.

Coles closes gap on Woolies


Colin Kruger Wesfarmers subsidiary Coles continued to close the gap on its rival Woolworths during the December quarter as it gets the upper hand in a price war.

Coles set to extend golden run

Colin Kruger Cole's sales results are expected to confirm it has outperformed rival Woolworths.

Share lift boost for casinos

Crown Casino

Colin Kruger Crown and Tabcorp spinoff Echo Entertainment could increase revenue by billions.

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.