Tax

ASIC alert: running on empty

Henrietta Cook Almost one in two companies that spiralled into administration last financial year were suspected of insolvent trading, report says.

Big rise in business failure rate

Immigration cuts have contributed to the decline in retail sales.

Clancy Yeates The number of corporate insolvencies has surged to its highest level in more than a decade.

Sentiment

Business mood picks up

Retail rides wave of confidence.

Chris Zappone Business confidence has turned positive for the first time since December 2007, helped by government hand-outs.