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

The Uniqlo Way: clothing giant coming to Sydney after opening Melbourne store

Mark Hawthorne It is called the Uniqlo Way. Every morning at 9am - an hour before the first customers arrive - staff at Uniqlo's clothing stores around the world gather to recite what are called "The Behaviours".

A deal's a deal, but all's not free in love or trade

Prime Minister Tony Abbott meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinz? Abe.

Jared Lynch, Mark Hawthorne A flurry of excitement erupted this week around Tony Abbott's twin announcements of signing free trade agreements with Japan and South Korea.


Geelong Shell refinery saved by new owner Vitol

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Mark Hawthorne and Clay Lucas The Shell refinery in Geelong has been saved with the new owner, Swiss oil giant Vitol guaranteeing the future of the refinery, which employs about 450 full-time workers and 150 contractors.

Toyota pullout: Thousands of jobs to go


Clay Lucas Mark Hawthorne The end of car manufacturing in Australia - confirmed with Toyota's announcement it would shut local production in 2017, taking thousands of jobs with it - could tip Victoria and South Australia into...

Toyota to exit Australia, 30,000 jobs could go

Mark Hawthorne Car maker Toyota has confirmed it will cease Australian manufacturing in 2017.

Toyota workers warned

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James Massola, Mark Hawthorne Industry Minister Ian MacFarlane says the 2500 manufacturing workers at Australia's last car maker must accept cuts to their pay and ''archaic'' conditions or face Toyota's probable exit from...

John Singleton livid as SABMiller kills off Bluetongue beer


Mark Hawthorne It was the brew Singo built - but the Bluetongue beer brand John Singleton marketed across the country so successfully has been killed off by global brewer SABMiller.


SABMiller kills off John Singleton's Bluetongue beer

John Singleton

Mark Hawthorne It was the brew that Singo built, but the Bluetongue beer brand that John Singleton so successfully marketed across the country has been killed off by global giant SABMiller.


Myer's sass & bide boss steps down

Megan Foster

Eli Greenblat and Mark Hawthorne Megan Foster has stepped down as the boss of Myer-owned fashion chain sass & bide after less than four months in the role, returning to the department store fold to run its freestanding stores.


Holden: Numbers tell the story for the small fry of General Motors' ecosystem

A sign bearing the GM Holden Ltd. logo stands at the company's headquarters in Melbourne, Australia, on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. General Motors Co.'s Holden unit, Australia's largest carmaker, said it would shutter production lines in 2017 after 69 years, joining Ford Motor Co. in exiting an economy struggling with high costs and a strong currency. Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

Mark Hawthorne The story of Holden and its demise needs to be viewed through a global lens if it's to be fully understood.

D-Day for Holden


Mark Kenny, Mark Hawthorne Thousands of Holden workers are expecting to find out their fate on Tuesday morning, many weeks after their US head office in Detroit decided to cut them adrift.

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ASIC involved in Australian chicken industry feud

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Mark Hawthorne, Jared Lynch Two of the country's biggest private poultry farmers are embroiled in a bitter fight for control.

Appearance fees

Naomi Campbell's Derby Day payday

Naomi Campbell at Derby Day.

Mark Hawthorne Linda Evangelista famously said she wouldn't get out of bed for less that $10,000 a day.


Wealth creator goes for a song

Mark Hawthorne CBD dinkus

Mark Hawthorne There have been many business figures around the place with secret passions outside of work.


Buddy move shines spotlight on Sydney allowance

Lance Franklin.

Jared Lynch and Mark Hawthorne Sydney's audacious $10 million bid to land Hawthorn superstar Lance Franklin has put the spotlight on the cost of living allowance. Is Sydney really that much more expensive?

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Myer quick to deflect blame after poor results

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Mark Hawthorne and Eli Greenblat Myer boss Bernie Brookes has blamed Australia's high wages, rents, taxes and utility costs for the department store's tough year.

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Shake-up for senior Myer management

Mark Hawthorne Myer is shaking up its management team ahead of next year's hunt to find a replacement for Bernie Brookes.


Myer shakes up top management

Megan Foster

Mark Hawthorne Myer is shaking up its management team, with Megan Foster appointed chief of part-owned fashion label sass & bide.


Another hitch for Rio's Mongolian mine

Oyu Tolgoi

Mark Hawthorne and Peter Ker Underground development at Oyu Tolgoi will be delayed as Rio awaits financing approval.

Social media

New England candidate Jamie McIntyre mum on buying Twitter followers

Mark Hawthorne Get-rich-quick spruiker turned politician Jamie McIntyre claims his social media team culled more than 900,000 fake followers from his Twitter account.