Elizabeth Knight

Elizabeth Knight

Elizabeth Knight comments on companies, markets and the economy.

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Painting over cracks in house of horrors

Elizabeth Knight For the past two years the strategy at David Jones has been an orphan. Like all failures, no one has wanted to own it.

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David Jones forced to walk a new path

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Elizabeth Knight For the past two years, the strategy at David Jones - like all failures - has been an orphan. The man who now runs this grand dame of department stores, Paul Zahra, says the strategy belonged to his...

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Vodafone CEO goes offline

Elizabeth Knight The future of the joint venture may itself be in jeopardy.

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Vodafone still reeling from an old hangover

Elizabeth Knight Three weeks ago, the financial damage from the unnatural disaster in Vodafone's mobile network was laid bare - a cool $350 million loss and the shedding of more than half a million customers.

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DJs boss Zahra running out of excuses

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Elizabeth Knight Yes, it's a harsh retail environment, but it's becoming clearer which companies are managing to adapt, and it's not looking like David Jones is one of them.

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Zahra has job on his hands at DJs

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Elizabeth Knight Disclosure is this week's hot topic. Leighton has been pinged by the regulator and copped a relatively small fine for being tardy about losses on delinquent contracts.

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Secrecy: don't leave home without it

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Elizabeth Knight As Leighton has been pinged by the regulator, disclosure is this week's hot topic.

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Myer's retail therapy kick

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Elizabeth Knight Myer is facing up to retail reality by stocking up on top brands for its stores.

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Bulking up on brands gives Myer an edge

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Elizabeth Knight When Myer bought the cutting edge fashion label sass & bide last year, there was a lot of sniggering from the traditionally bitchy retail industry.

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Green shoots in Myer results

Elizabeth Knight At first blush the headline result from Myer looks horrible - down 19.8 per cent after tax for the first half of 2012.

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Dispute could put big dent in Rinehart finances

Elizabeth Knight THE Aladdin's cave of detail contained in documents related to the legal dispute between Gina Rinehart and her children makes reference to another legal dispute that could have a serious impact on...

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Customers do the walking

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Elizabeth Knight Who will catch the hospital pass and replace Bruce Akhurst as the head of Telstra's ever diminishing Yellow Pages directory business, Sensis? It is a bit of a career killer.

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Declining Sensis claims boss's scalp

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Elizabeth Knight Who will catch the hospital pass and replace Bruce Akhurst as the head of Telstra's ever-diminishing Yellow Pages directory business, Sensis?

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ANZ sets trend not agenda

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Elizabeth Knight The real decision on the direction of short-term interest rates gets made today. Not by the board of the Reserve Bank or its governor Glenn Stevens, but by the de facto setters of monetary policy,...

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ANZ has the rates running, like it or not

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Elizabeth Knight The real decision on the direction of short-term interest rates will be made today. Not by the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia nor its governor, Glenn Stevens, but by the new defacto setters...

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Packer's appeal to Echo investor falls on deaf ears

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Elizabeth Knight A large institutional shareholder in Echo Entertainment, the owner of Sydney's Star casino, was underwhelmed by James Packer visit this week when he outlined his case for taking a stake in the...

Investor unimpressed by Packer pitch to Echo

Elizabeth Knight A large institutional shareholder in Echo Entertainment, the owner of Sydney's Star casino, was underwhelmed by James Packer this week when he outlined his case for taking a stake in the company.

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Swan in a flap to feather Labor's nest

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Elizabeth Knight The public does not elect billionaires or business leaders to run policy.

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Uneasy stomachs as Woolies rows against tide

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Elizabeth Knight One of the notable features of the difficult December reporting season is the extent to which managements have boosted their short-term earnings by turning off the capital expenditure tap.

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Woolies refines its tactics

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Elizabeth Knight A multi-pronged approach to upping its take is under way by Grant O'Brien at Woolworths.