Mark Hawthorne

Mark Hawthorne

Mark Hawthorne is Senior Editor at The Age. Previously he was National Business Editor of Fairfax Metro Media.

Operation Wickenby puts spuds in cold storage

Potato

Ben Butler, Mark Hawthorne Operation Wickenby has frozen more than $40 million in assets belonging to potato king Paul Rennie.

Wickenby freezes potato king's $40m

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Ben Butler, Mark Hawthorne OPERATION WICKENBY has frozen more than $40 million in assets belonging to potato king Paul Rennie.

Banks nervous about new pokie rules

pokies

Vanda Carson Mark Hawthorne WESTPAC is reviewing its lending to poker machine venues amid predictions the sector could face a slump after the introduction of mandatory limits on gaming.

Qantas sends secret strike breakers to train in LA

qantas

Matt O'Sullivan, Mark Hawthorne QANTAS has been secretly sending managers to the US for training in ground-handling and check-in operations as the company steps up its preparations for looming strikes.

Qantas to cut ageing Boeing fleet

Matt O'sullivan, Mark Hawthorne QANTAS is putting up for sale 21 ageing Boeing 737-400 aircraft, known as the workhorse of the skies, as it cuts flights due to the uncertain demand for travel.

Fleet for sale as Qantas cuts flights

Matt O'Sullivan Mark Hawthorne Qantas is putting up for sale its 21-strong fleet of ageing Boeing 737-400 aircraft - known as the workhorse of the skies - as it cuts flights because of the uncertain outlook for travel demand.

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A case for renegades who pursue the public good

Mark Hawthorne Arnold Bloch Leibler's dedication in its battle with British American Tobacco is worthy of consideration.

McCabe family reaches settlement with tobacco giant over landmark case

McCabe

Mark Hawthorne After a decade before Australia's courts, the landmark battle between the family of lung cancer victim Rolah McCabe and British American Tobacco has come to an end.

Chooks are next up in price-war fowl play

Chicken

Mark Hawthorne FRESH chicken will be the next front in the battle between Australia's two biggest supermarket chains.

Price wars help 'struggling' families: Coles

Mark Hawthorne THE supermarket giant Coles has defended its price war with rival Woolworths, saying its customers have saved more than $800 million on their grocery bills in the past 12 months.

Now for a war over chickens, flags Coles

Wesfarmers, Coles

Mark Hawthorne Coles chief Ian McLeod signals next battle between Australia's two biggest supermarkets will be over fresh chicken.

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Grand prix chairman Ron Walker flushed with excess

Mark Hawthorne The former lord mayor and former Liberal Party national treasurer is also champion of the clean portaloo.

Owners set to pull plug on Colorado

Colorado shoe

Mark Hawthorne Ben Butler SOLOMON LEW is expected to swoop on two of Australia's oldest fashion brands, JAG and Diana Ferrari, as banks are poised to pull the pin on the struggling Colorado Group.

Lew to swoop on ailing Colorado

Mark Hawthorne and Ben Butler Solomon Lew is expected to swoop, with banks poised to pull the pin on struggling Colorado Group.

Watching the wheels fall off

ferrari

Ben Butler and Mark Hawthorne When the formula one circus rolls into Melbourne this week, expect a sea of red. For the first time in many seasons, Ferrari is looming as the main title threat, and the loyal ''Tifosi'' who worship...

Growth despite turmoil: banks

asx

Mark Hawthorne THE world's big investment banks expect growth to continue despite potential nuclear, military and financial crises.

Markets shaken, not rattled

Money

Mark Hawthorne The world's major investment banks expect growth to continue despite the backdrop of potential nuclear, military and financial crises.

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Mr Mayor or Premier, Bernie doesn't need Melbourne

Mark Hawthorne Walker puts us straight on why Doyle's comments on the grand prix provoked his mate's wrath.

Race drowning in a sea of red

Grand-Prix-Thumb

Ben Butler and Mark Hawthorne Racing fans may love it, but Melbourne's grand prix is not a formula for financial success.

Myer looks overseas to pump up sales

Mark Hawthorne MORE exclusive brands, direct sourcing of products from China and a plunge into online sales will all be used to arrest a worrying slide in sales at Myer.