Westpac

Spending slide spreads: Westpac

Danny John Key parts of Australia's services sector are being hit by the slowdown in consumer spending.

Rates put big squeeze on small business

More interest rate cuts likely (Thumbnail)

Clancy Yeates Small-business customers have received the least benefit from the latest cycle of interest-rate cuts, new figures show, despite moves by the major banks to target the SME market.

FINANCE

Keeping your lenders in the loop

Having a good relationship with your bank could save you.

Tony Kaye Having a better relationship with your bank could save you if push comes to shove. Here's how to do it.

Businesses now less satisfied with banks

Loan.

Eric Johnston Small to mid-sized business is again emerging as the key battleground for banks to build their lending book as the mortgage market cools.

Comm Bank, NAB to review business rates

Eric Johnston and Peter Martin Borrowers face further pain, with Commonwealth and NAB expected to review mortgage, business rates.

Business demand for credit at four-year low

Peter Martin Latest NAB business survey shows two-thirds of businesses reported no need for finance in January.

Banks fighting over mid-sized businesses

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The big four banks are doing all they can to win over mid-sized businesses but bank satisfaction ratings among that segment have either dropped or are static, research shows.

Credit card spending spree is back

There are signs the nation's love affair with the plastic card is being rekindled.