Melissa Kent Fashion stores are embracing the 'bricks and clicks' phenomenon, as more Melburnians use their phones to shop.
Kelly Burke Trends predict Australia will face serious shortages in the health, education and engineering.
Sales by small businesses over the all-important Christmas period were better than expected, with mineral-rich WA leading the way.
New research shows Aussies are expected to spend almost 20 per cent more this year on looking good.
Clancy Yeates Spending at department stores slumps to its lowest in two years, as spending on food and cafes jumps.
A travel website has compiled a list of the world's weirdest places to part with your cash.
Michael Baker Slow check-out lanes, reclining armchairs and lower store shelves: how retailers are tackling the ageing population.
Clancy Yeates The number of corporate insolvencies has surged to its highest level in more than a decade.
Michael Baker How magic hangers and other technology is changing the role of the traditional sales assistant.
Clancy Yeates and Eli Greenblat Confidence appears to be recovering from ''recession-like'' lows, with expectations of an interest rate cut.
Michael Baker Let's not mince words – this has been an unpleasant year for clothing specialty and department stores.
Peter Martin Research into whether conditions have hit rock bottom is stunningly inconclusive.
Persistent consumer caution has driven second quarter business sales expectations to their lowest level in 19 months, a survey shows.
An indicator of business sales recorded its 13th consecutive monthly fall, but there are glimmers of light amid the gloom.
Business conditions strengthened in the last three months of 2011, bolstered by improvements in profitability, employment and trading conditions, private survey finds.
Chris Zappone Billionaire James Packer has stepped into the online retailing space through an investment in DealsDirect.
Robert Upe Already beloved of hipsters and fashionistas, Melbourne is now making a name for itself as Australia's headquarters of vintage glamour.
Marcella Bidinost Much like its natural packaging, the Australian market for coconut water is young, green and ripening with potential. But who knows if it will be a tough nut to crack?
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.
Michael Baker In his mid-80s classic hit You Can Call Me Al, Paul Simon sings about a man walking down the street asking himself: “Why am I soft in the middle? The rest of my life is so hard.”