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Chris Zappone

Chris is a foreign desk news editor.

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Aussie workers love to be liked

Chris Zappone The British are the biggest office suck-ups, Germans are the most fashion-conscious and Australians? Well, they just want to be liked by their mates.

Price discounting becomes the norm

Heavy price discounting is expected to increase into the holiday season, according to a survey.

Chris Zappone Heavy price discounting is expected to increase into the holiday season: survey.

Game on: new technology just the ticket

Gray admission tickets fully isolated on white (with path).

Chris Zappone The internet is changing everything, including the wait in line to buy footy tickets.

Catch of the Day considers IPO

Online shopping.

Chris Zappone Australia's largest online only retailer Catch of the Day could consider a float that would value the company at $600 million, the company's chief said.

Pedigreed Victorian brokers in merger

Chris Zappone Two Victorian stockbroking firms dating back to the 19th century will merge to create a company with $8 billion in funds under advice.

Slice of the pie shrinking for small biz

Your Slice Of The Money Pie

Chris Zappone While shopping, if you’ve felt that big business just keeps getting bigger, your instincts would be right.

Business shunning innovation

The pace of innovation has stalled in Australia, offical data shows.

Chris Zappone Official data suggests Australian businesses have a long way to go in modernising.

Investing in the future of aged care

Alex Moffatt

Chris Zappone A Melbourne investment manager, catering to its greying investor base, has begun offering advice for those who need to place their elderly parents into aged care facilities.

Retravision stores survive supplier collapse

Retravision.

Eli Greenblat and Chris Zappone Retravision stores in Victoria, Tasmania and southern NSW will continue to trade as normal.

Social media used to poach workers

Facebook

Chris Zappone Your best employees are most at risk of being poached by competitors in modernising economy.

RBA slashes interest rates to 3.75 per cent

Interest rates may be lifted next month...

Chris Zappone RBA slashes rates by the most since the GFC in a bid to reignite growth in the sagging economy.

Small businesses face outsourcing dilemma

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Chris Zappone The outsourcing of huge sectors of the Australian workforce has becoming an increasingly difficult problem to tackle as companies look to cut costs and maximise profits.

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Small business losing faith in economy, says survey

Money

Chris Zappone Confidence among smaller businesses has tumbled to levels not seen since the global financial crisis, with worries about fuel costs, cash flow and interest rates weighing on sentiment.

Payment delays to pinch at Easter

Easter eggs

Chris Zappone As Easter looms, many small businesses are gearing up for one of their busiest periods of the year - a time when eftpos delays are most pronounced.

Half of small businesses still without a website

Laptop.

Chris Zappone More than a decade after the emergence of the e-commerce industry almost half of Australian small-and medium-sized businesses still do not have a website, according to an industry survey.

Severely late bills hit one-year high

Late bills became even later in the December quarter.

Chris Zappone The number of bills being paid "severely" late by Australian businesses have hit a one-year high, rising by almost 30 per cent in the December quarter.

Group buying shows signs of slowing

Groupon prepares to go public.

Chris Zappone As Groupon plans to go public in a reported $US700 million float, the Australian group buying market will have to consolidate.

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Manufacturers struggling to pay the bills

Late bills.

Chris Zappone Manufacturers are five times more likely to pay bills more than 90 days late, new figures show.

End of story: Borders to shut remaining stores

Borders.

Chris Zappone The last nine Borders stores in Australia will close after no buyers could be found for the bookseller chain, the administrator said today.

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Book chains lose more jobs

Borders bookstore.

Chris Zappone The administrator of the troubled bookstore chains Borders and Angus & Robertson has announced more head office redundancies, saying both chains may have to close if buyers cannot be found.