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Lucy Battersby

Lucy Battersby is Technology Reporter for Fairfax Media. She worked on communications policy for the federal government before joining Fairfax in 2006.

Retail

Suppliers prefer Aldi to Coles, Woolies

Lucy Battersby A number of suppliers producing a range of groceries have spoken out against the dominant supermarket chains, Woolworths and Coles, saying they prefer dealing with German-owned rival Aldi.

Suppliers rate Aldi above Woolworths and Coles

Coles and Woolworths

Lucy Battersby Suppliers producing groceries ranging from fresh fruit and vegetables to household products have spoken out against Australia's two dominant supermarket chains, Woolworths and Coles, saying they...

Competition

Woolies braced for fight

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Lucy Battersby Top Woolworths executives are on the offensive in Canberra, armed with a dossier of confidential research designed to convince politicians the supermarket giant is not as big and bad as everyone...

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Class action 'no damage' to telco

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Lucy Battersby Vodafone Australia's chief executive says the mobile carrier's brand has not been damaged by a customer class action, and has expressed doubts the case will ever get to court.

Broker pleads guilty to insider trading

Bluefin tuna.

Lucy Battersby Norman John Graham admits selling shares in Clean Seas Tuna after learning the company's tuna fingerlings had died.

Vodafone adds 750 call-centre jobs in Tasmania

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Lucy Battersby Telco doubles the size of its call-centre staff in the state, in a bid to differentiate itself from competitors that are offshoring jobs.

New comparison rules a boon for tech users

Mobile phone

Lucy Battersby CHOOSING and comparing mobile, telephone or broadband contracts will become easier for consumers with the introduction of disclosure rules.

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Law company's move into UK pays off

Slater and Gordon logo.

Lucy Battersby Slater & Gordon's recent expansion into the UK is returning dividends for the listed law company.

Vodafone left on hold despite losses

Vodaphone store.

Lucy Battersby Losses at Vodafone Australia have deepened but the wireless carrier continues to operate, thanks to loans from its main shareholders.

Big shareholders prop up VHA

The head of Vodafone Australia admits they failed to anticipate the demand for smart phones.

Lucy Battersby Vodafone Hutchison Australia is losing money but remains operating thanks to loans from its main shareholders.

Liquidator banned for three years over 'failures'

Lucy Battersby Liquidator Ian Struthers has agreed to a three-year ban from his profession after the corporate watchdog found he failed to properly execute 45 liquidations.

Failure takes toll on board

Brisconnections

Lucy Battersby The entire board of directors at BrisConnections, including chairman Trevor Rowe, resigned on Monday, just days after appointing voluntary administrators.

Rise in class actions drives up insurance costs

Scales of justice.

Lucy Battersby Increasing payouts in shareholder class actions are pushing up premiums for directors' insurance.

Private equity firm moves in on Geon

Lucy Battersby Restructuring PRIVATE equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts is attempting a US-style bankruptcy on Melbourne-based commercial printing company Geon Group.

Private equity firm circles Geon

Lucy Battersby Private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts is attempting a US-style bankruptcy on Melbourne-based commercial printing company Geon Group.

Hundreds of jobs at risk as Geon goes under

Where once there was a printer on every other desk, a growing number of organisations are now making do with one or two per division or floor.

Lucy Battersby Two hundred jobs in Melbourne’s outer east are at risk after receivers and administrators were appointed to commercial printing company Geon Group.

Watchdog gets tough on retail

ACCC chairman Rod Sims.

Lucy Battersby Up to 30 in-depth investigations into cartel conduct and anti-competitive behaviour are under way.

Supermarkets, fuel in watchdog's sights

ACCC chairman Rod Sims.

Lucy Battersby Up to 30 in-depth investigations into cartel conduct and anti-competitive behaviour are under way at the competition regulator.

Man of choice words and keen judgments

Chief Justice Patrick Keane.

Lucy Battersby In March this year, Patrick Keane will be sworn in as Australia's 50th High Court judge.

Ex-Hanlong executive sentenced to jail

Lucy Battersby The former vice-president of Hanlong Mining, Bo Shi Zhu, also known as Calvin Zhu, has been sentenced to two years and three months jail.