Sephora unleashes Christmas beauty battle

Catie Low   Sephora will throw open the doors of its first Melbourne store today, unleashing a pre-Christmas beauty battle with the major department store chains.

Samsung's fix slammed as 'deficient'

Joel and Angela Hudson of New Lambton with their children.

Esther Han   The "plastic bag and tape" fix applied to at least 63,300 faulty Samsung washing machines has been slammed by an expert as "deficient".

Solomon Lew takes swipe over pay

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 27:  Chairman Solomon Lew is seen at the Premier Investments annual general meeting on November 27, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. AGM  (Photo by Jesse Marlow/Fairfax Media)

Catie Low   A big increase in the cash bonus for Mark McInnes is believed to be behind a strike against the retailer's remuneration report.

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Smiggle set for aggressive expansion

'Our plan for Smiggle is dramatic geographic expansion.'

Trevor Chappell   Premier Investments chief Mark McInnes, says the colourful stationery chain is at the beginning of an amazing journey.

Rolls-Royce has invented the driverless car, with a black tie


Jared Lynch   The 109-year-old car maker has an answer that can only come from a luxury marque when asked about driverless cars.

Woolworths results 'frankly unacceptable'

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 22:  Origin Engergy chairman Gordon Cairns (R) at Shangri-La Hotel on October 22, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brianne Makin/Fairfax Media)

Catie Low   It was an apologetic chairman that fronted shareholders today.

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ACCC clears Australia Post's $1 stamp

Australia Post wants to raise prices from January to help offset the huge losses in its mail business.

The competition watchdog approves price rise of a basic stamp by more than 40 per cent.

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Seven condoms don't equal 21 orgasms, German court rules

It's amazing what courts have to rule on. German judges banned a condom maker's slogan because it could mislead consumers into expecting more satisfaction than they can get.

Karin Matussek   Condom maker told it has to get its math right when advertising its products: seven can't equal 21.

Masters director resigns as D-Day looms

Masters director and co-architect Melinda Smith has resigned as Woolworths prepares to decide the chain's future.

Sue Mitchell   The co-architect of Woolworths' disastrous foray into home improvement, Masters director Melinda Smith, has resigned months before the board is due to make a decision on the chain's future.

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Oats maker pulled up over 'protein, superfood' claims

Uncle Tobys traditional oats product

Esther Han   A popular healthy food producer has been penalised $32k for exaggerating the benefits of its oats.

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No decision on Masters until 2016

Woolworths chairman Gordon Cairns at the company's AGM on Thursday.

Catie Low   There will be no decision on Woolworths trouble-plagued DIY operation until a new five-year plan is completed.

Five reasons investors hate Woolworths

The circuit-breaker to Woolworths' poor performance and turnaround will be the appointment of a new CEO.

Catie Low   Shareholders have plenty to complain about at Woolworths' annual general meeting this year.

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'No change' at Masters as marketing boss exits

Woolworths is under pressure to pull the plug on Masters as losses mount.

Sue Mitchell   Woolworths says the departure of Masters marketing boss Dion Workman after a year in the job does not signal any change in strategy at the loss-making home improvement chain.

Retail stocks enjoying early Christmas

Can Myer's strong 3Q sales carry through Christmas?

Vanessa Desloires   The Australian sharemarket may be struggling to mount a festive season rally, but retail stocks are enjoying an early Christmas of their own.

Woolies investors look for green shoots

Woolworths is bracing for a fiery annual meeting.

Sue Mitchell   The Woolworths board will face retail shareholders on Thursday for the first time since the company slashed profit guidance.

'Free range' egg fight intensifies

The Model Code of Practice defines 'free range' as eggs from farms with stocking densities of no more than 1500 birds a hectare.

Esther Han   The battle to convince politicians of what shoppers truly expect when they buy free range eggs has intensified, with consumer and industry groups attempting to quash each other's research.

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SurfStitch worth more than Billabong

Surfstitch founders Lex Pedersen (left) and Justin Cameron. The company's market cap is expected to hit $550 million when it emerges from a trading halt.

Sue Mitchell   SurfStitch is now worth more than former parent Billabong after a series of acquisitions turned the former e-commerce company into a manufacturer and digital media business.

Harvey Norman to welcome Syrian refugees


Stuart Condie   Gerry Harvey says Harvey Norman's willingness to offer work to some of the 12,000 Syrian refugees heading to Australia isn't just the right thing to do; it's also good business

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Stop complaining, says defiant Gerry Harvey

Harvey Norman chairman Gerry Harvey says investors unhappy with the company's board should sell their shares and stop complaining.

Sue Mitchell   A defiant Gerry Harvey has told investors unhappy with Harvey Norman's board structure and executive pay to sell their shares.

Billabong shares dive 23pc after profit warning

Billabong warned shareholders that earnings were dragged down by weakness in the North American market and margin pressure from the weaker $A.

Sue Mitchell   Billabong has crushed shareholder hopes for an earnings rebound this year, warning that sales and margins have come under pressure.

Online retailers fight freight costs by opening stores

'We were sending everything ex-Melbourne and the costs were just though the roof,' says Philip Bartholomew, chief executive of My Pet Warehouse.

Patrick Hatch   You ever wonder why a lot of goods you order online come in from China? They often arrive more cheaply than it costs to send goods around Australia, online retailers have learnt.

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Billabong dives on weak earnings

Billabong warned shareholders that earnings had fallen about $2.5 million in the first four months of 2016, dragged down by weakness in the North American market and margin pressure from the weaker $A.

Shares in Billabong have plunged after it revealed the lower Australian dollar and weakness in the North American market dented earnings.

Class action on Eagle Boys' menu?

Adele Ferguson - dinkus - thumbnail - dink

Adele Ferguson   Pizza chain faces challenges if it is going to deliver an ASX float.

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Harvey facing second strike, spill vote

Harvey Norman executive chairman Gerry Harvey has defended the company's executive and board remuneration.

Sue Mitchell   Harvey Norman executive chairman Gerry Harvey has mounted a spirited defence of the retailer's board structure and executive remuneration ahead of Tuesday's AGM.

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Corbett appointed adviser to Woolworths

Woolworths has confirmed that former chief executive Roger Corbett will return to the company as an adviser to the board.

Sue Mitchell   Woolworths chairman Gordon Cairns has cemented his authority on Australia's largest retailer before a fiery annual general meeting this week by appointing its most successful chief executive, Roger Corbett, as an adviser to the board.

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Arnott's fined over fatty Shapes

Arnott's Shapes Light & Crispy packaging.

Esther Han   Arnott's Biscuits has paid a hefty penalty for misleadingly claiming a range of its Shapes products had 75 per cent less saturated fat.

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Pizza Hut exploiting drivers with 'sham' contracts

Pizza Hut.

Adele Ferguson, Sarah Danckert   Franchisees are using the contracts to pay delivery drivers as little as $12 an hour without super or WorkCover.

Blue Sky funds clean fast-food expansion

Josh Sparks who is the founder of the Thrive restaurant chain, which has just secured funding to support its expansion plans in Australia and beyond. Their food promise is all about fast healthy food without the evils or salt, sugar and bad fats. Pictured at Thrive in Westfield Pitt Street Mall on November 21, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Anna Kucera/Fairfax Media)

Catie Low   Blue Sky Venture Capital has taken a stake in expanding food venture THR1VE, and its support will fund the expansion of this unconventional fast-food chain.

Windsor Smith family feud puts the shoe on the other foot

Mark Hawthorne The Hawk Column Dinkus for THE AGE

Mark Hawthorne   Differences of opinion over what should be next steps for family-owned shoe company lead to change of chief executive.

Crunch time for 7-Eleven

A lack of trust has created an atmosphere where the franchisees are concerned that the deal isn't what it seems.

Adele Ferguson and Sarah Danckert   It's crunch time for 7-Eleven as franchisees decide whether to accept new contracts with head office.

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