Business expectations head into negative territory 11 May, 2011
Executives are increasingly pessimistic about the business outlook heading into the new financial year with expectations for sales now at a two year low and a number of key indices entering negative territory. These are the results of the latest Dun  & Bradstreet Business Expectations Survey that examines expectations for the September quarter of 2011.
Industry change on the line for telcos 04 May, 2011
Australia's telcos are optimistic about the future as Australia's hunger for data grows, but the SmartCompany Dun & Bradstreet Industry Growth List reveals many are still grappling with how the industry will be transformed by the National Broadband Network.
Business payment terms reach three year highs 02 May, 2011
Business to business payment terms have reached three year highs and the number of firms now paying their bills in a severely delinquent manner has risen dramatically with the deterioration most pronounced among smaller firms who have historically been among the best payers.
Tourism grant up for grabs 20 April, 2011
Talk show superstar Oprah Winfrey's recent visit to Australia not only highlighted the importance of tourism to our economy, but represented an opportunity to turn Australia's 13-year long decline in market share of global tourism into a positive upswing. As one in 12 Australians is directly employed by the tourism industry, attracting visitors is crucial for the country's continued growth.
Credit proving a challenge for consumers 20 April, 2011
One third of Australians expect to experience difficulties meeting their credit commitments over the next three months and nearly 40 percent anticipate having to use their credit card to cover otherwise unaffordable expenses. At the same time one in four Australians are planning to apply for a new credit product, although the greatest product demand is for non-bank credit such as mobile phone plans.
Group-buying websites on the rise 14 April, 2011
The new economy is becoming more and more web-driven, thanks to the rapid rise in online shopping and e-commerce in recent years. In a study conducted by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, it was found that nearly 90 percent of household Internet users shopped online, with 69 percent of users having purchased one or more products online within the past six months.
Population decline threatens small business 14 April, 2011
The forecasted dip in Australia's population is expected to detrimentally affect small businesses, as baby boomers near retirement age and migration flows are stemmed.
EFTPOS fee hike given go-ahead 06 April, 2011
Fees for EFTPOS transactions are set to increase as of October 1, in a move expected to place further strain on the small business sector.
Business expectations decline 05 April, 2011
Business expectations have continued to decline as firms grapple with weak consumer spending and the fear of rising fuel prices, according to the latest D&B Business Expectations Survey. The survey, which examines expectations for the June quarter, reveals significant declines in the outlook across most indices after record highs just six months ago.
Small business owners call for ombudsman 31 March, 2011
An overwhelming number of small business owners say a dedicated ombudsman is desperately needed, according to a recent business survey. Research conducted in February found that 75 per cent of small businesses saw an ombudsman as necessary, amid a turbulent 2010 for many SMEs. A Telstra Back to Business survey of 325 businesses, conducted together with the Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBOA), found unstable market conditions were undermining business owner confidence. Few of those surveyed believed conditions would improve within the next six months.

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