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Coles turnaround king Ian McLeod off to new US challenges

Ian McLeod has resigned from Westfarmers.

ELIZABETH KNIGHT The wily Scotsman Ian McLeod resuscitated the ailing retail giant Coles in a manner not seen in Australia since the legendary Paul Simons undertook the massive turnaround of Woolworths in the late 1980s.

Australia is in a meerkat market as animal spirits remain wary

Animal spirits are Australia's missing link.

MALCOLM MAIDEN Animal spirits are Australia’s missing link as the new year begins. They are there, but they are timid: you might call this a meerkat market.

A taxing tale of two peak bodies

New Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has taken the axe to community grants.

MICHAEL WEST Four days out from Christmas, Blind Citizens Australia, Deaf Australia, Homelessness Australia and Down Syndrome Australia learned they were to be subject to federal government funding cuts.

There's always a tab tied to free emotion

Ross Gittins dinkus

ROSS GITTINS At times such as the Martin Place siege and its tragic aftermath, it doesn't help to have been trained to think like an economist, to analyse the situation as coolly and rationally as possible, keeping your emotions in check.

Rising rents suggest some Australian retailers aren't up to it

Foreign stores such as Zara have helped push rents beyond the reach of some local retailers.

MICHAEL PASCOE 2:07am Consumer confidence is weak, wages growth flat or negative, and retailers are complaining about online competition and wages. So why are retail rents soaring?


Property investment is all about choices

Choices are crucial

MAX NEWNHAM 12:15am The success or failure of investing in property is all about the decisions you make.

Politically popular disaster relief eclipses more fundamental government issues

Devastating emergencies have kept the Abbott government busy in 2014, but at the expense of our broader strategic goals.

JOHN GARNAUT The mid-flight disappearance of yet another large passenger plane is a tragic and sadly fitting ending to 2014.

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Time to recycle Australia's economy

Refuse tip

HAROLD MITCHELL This week’s column is all about rubbish. And the great thing about rubbish is that it’s all about the only constant thing we have in our lives – change.

Everything you know is already in the price and anything can happen next

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MARCUS PADLEY Everyone is making predictions for 2015 but most of what you hear are what I call “Predictable Predictions”.


CBD: No egos on APA's all-star team


APA boss and amateur drummer Mick 'Fleetwood' McCormack doesn't lack a sense of humour.


Old favourites appear once more in ASX hall of shame


ASX commanders fire their warning shots at the sharemarket's corporate cling-ons.

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