Elizabeth Knight

Elizabeth Knight

Elizabeth Knight comments on companies, markets and the economy.

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In this new era the customer is always tight

Elizabeth Knight The headwinds buffeting the retail sector eased a little in April - but only enough to downgrade the cyclone from a grade six to a grade four.

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Bargain hunters keep back the big guns

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Elizabeth Knight The retail sector may have rallied, but Coles for one isn't counting its chickens.

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Forrest move is surely ahead of the curve

Elizabeth Knight To the extent that the mining industry billionaire fireball Andrew Forrest has ever read the corporate governance manuals, it would be with the aim of running a red pen through most of the rules.

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Forrest unlikely to stray far from action

Elizabeth Knight The driving force behind Fortescue Metals is ready to play a more sublime role.

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Twiggy to retire but is he really going?

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Elizabeth Knight Andrew Forrest may want more time but he will definitely keep an on Fortescue.

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A pop in arrears is no cause for panic

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Elizabeth Knight Hedge funds looking to short Australian bank stocks might be overestimating their vulnerability.

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Vintage housing bubble may give us trouble

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Elizabeth Knight You could call it Australia's global financial crisis hangover. Equally it could be the side effect of the inoculation Kevin Rudd's government prescribed to ward off a local recession.

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Lengthy courtship at last leads to the altar

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Elizabeth Knight You could call Foxtel's agreement to buy Austar the deal of the decade. Not because it is momentous but because it's been in the making for the best part of 10 years.

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Qantas is pursuing a risky strategy

Elizabeth Knight Flying Kangaroo wants a seismic shift in costs. It's short term pain for long term gain.

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Short-term pain approach has some Qantas board members quaking

Elizabeth Knight Flying Kangaroo wants a seismic shift in costs. It's short term pain for long term gain.

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Chill winds of euro zone bite local markets

Elizabeth Knight Investors around the world have been suffering this week - buffeted by the ripple effect of yet another bout of fear about the sovereign debt crisis in Greece and a few of its European neighbours,...

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Pushing the boundaries of dotcom valuations

Elizabeth Knight In less than two weeks the original social network site Friendster will disappear into the digital ether.

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Mobile phone deals get crossed wires

Elizabeth Knight When the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission email headed ''Optus pays for Max Cap advertising'' popped on to my computer screen yesterday, I hesitated before opening it.

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Hydra with three heads blighted by its past

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Elizabeth Knight Commenting on the travails of James Hardie is an exasperating exercise. For the hard-core investment banking analysts, the company's fortunes are dictated by the US housing sector - whether it has...

Lehman investors receive $100m surprise

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Elizabeth Knight Investors holding debt issued by the collapsed investment banking giant Lehman Brothers will today receive unexpectedly good news.

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Great courtroom drama made for television

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Elizabeth Knight In the cut-throat world of commercial television the very idea of poaching senior executives is fraught with danger.

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Higher-income hit will rattle the chains

Elizabeth Knight There was little if anything in the budget Wayne Swan delivered on Tuesday that would provide comfort for the two upmarket department store chains, Myer and David Jones, which yesterday released...

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Myer, DJs see glimmer of hope in retail sales

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Elizabeth Knight For the first time in a year David Jones and Myer reckon they can see to seeing a glimmer of hope in retail sales.

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Cheers: advisers sure to toast Foster's demerger

Elizabeth Knight The performance of the two companies that once made up the Foster's conglomerate defied pure finance theory when they started trading yesterday as separately listed entities.

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Gillard tests temperature with guests around table

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Elizabeth Knight Back in the days when John Howard was prime minister, a dinner meeting at The Lodge with business people was a semi-regular event.