Mobile shoppers put on an appy face

Melissa Kent Fashion stores are embracing the 'bricks and clicks' phenomenon, as more Melburnians use their phones to shop.

Michael Baker

Catering for retail's golden oldies

Meeting the needs of an ageing population.

Michael Baker Slow check-out lanes, reclining armchairs and lower store shelves: how retailers are tackling the ageing population.

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.

Confidence on the up amid rate cut hopes


Clancy Yeates and Eli Greenblat Confidence appears to be recovering from ''recession-like'' lows, with expectations of an interest rate cut.

Michael Baker

Retail's good and bad news


Michael Baker Let's not mince words – this has been an unpleasant year for clothing specialty and department stores.

Business surveys at odds


Peter Martin Research into whether conditions have hit rock bottom is stunningly inconclusive.

Sales expectations at 19-month low, survey shows


Persistent consumer caution has driven second quarter business sales expectations to their lowest level in 19 months, a survey shows.

Sales indicator shows grounds for optimism


An indicator of business sales recorded its 13th consecutive monthly fall, but there are glimmers of light amid the gloom.

Business conditions strengthen in Dec qtr

Heading up

Business conditions strengthened in the last three months of 2011, bolstered by improvements in profitability, employment and trading conditions, private survey finds.

Packer snaps up DealsDirect site

Chris Zappone Billionaire James Packer has stepped into the online retailing space through an investment in DealsDirect.

Mad about vintage fashion, food and fun

Captains of Industry shop with Samuel Clements.

Robert Upe Already beloved of hipsters and fashionistas, Melbourne is now making a name for itself as Australia's headquarters of vintage glamour.


Cracking open the coconut water market

Coconut water.

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?

Small businesses face outsourcing dilemma


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.


Australian fashion raises the barbell


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.”

How much is mum worth? $60 apparently

mother's day card

Eli Greenblat Australian sons and daughters will spend an estimated $1.36 billion this week to show how much they love their mums, with per capita spending for Mother’s Day expected to rise 3.

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Full-time employment surges in May

A jump in the number of new jobs has failed to stop a spike in the unemployment rate to 5.1 per cent, as more people joined the labour force and began looking for employment.

Cashing in on a payment revolution


Christopher Niesche When it comes to collecting money from customers, cafes have traditionally been low-tech – a couple of gold coins for a coffee, maybe a card payment for a bigger order.

Investment bankers to win out from climate change

Chris Zappone Climate change is expected to shape Australia's top jobs this year - with investment bankers among those set to reap the benefits.