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ETS delayed by Government 28 April, 2010
The Federal Government  decision to delay the carbon pollution reduction scheme until 2013 has been positively viewed by business groups around the country.
Business payment behaviours could de-rail recovery 28 April, 2010
The payment behaviours of Australian firms could de-rail the economic recovery, with terms deteriorating for the third consecutive quarter despite improving business conditions. These are the findings of the latest business-to-business trade payments figures released today by credit reporting agency Dun & Bradstreet.
Get up to speed on the new National Business Names registration system 23 April, 2010
The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research is conducting a series of briefings on the new National Business Names registration system.
ATO ramps up activity on the small business cash economy 20 April, 2010
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has expanded its data matching program to detect businesses operating in the cash economy, particularly in industries where cash payments are common practice.
Sixteen countries downgraded since the start of 2010 20 April, 2010
Sixteen countries around the globe have had their country ratings downgraded since the start of 2010, demonstrating that economic and commercial risk are still prevalent despite the global recovery. However, the continuing improvement in the local macroeconomic environment has resulted in Australia's risk trend being upgraded  -  the nation has also been rated one of the safest countries in which to invest globally.
Rough seas ahead for Aussie exporters 12 April, 2010
Australia's exporters face rough seas ahead as the cash flow which is critical to survival during an economic recovery comes under pressure from poor payment behaviours.
RBA raises interest rates again 07 April, 2010
In a board meeting yesterday the Reserve Bank raised interest rates again by another 25 basis points. This was the fifth increase in its past six meetings and experts are warning there are more rate rises on the way.
Business Expectations Survey - April 06 April, 2010
Australian executives are looking to finish the financial year strongly however strong expectations for employment growth and increased selling prices and concerns about wage increases point to capacity constraints in the economy. These are the findings from the latest Dun & Bradstreet Business Expectations Survey which examines business expectations for the June 2010 quarter.
RBA tells senate inquiry - access to credit still steady for SMEs 31 March, 2010
The RBA says access to credit for SMEs has not fallen as a result of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). The claim, which forms the basis of the RBA's submission into a Senate inquiry into small business lending, has angered some small business groups.
Paper profits hide negative cash flow 29 March, 2010
The strong economic recovery and positive company reporting season is hiding a deep structural weakness for many Australian firms as new data reveals nearly half of all companies operated with negative cash flow throughout the last financial year. A concern for shareholders and creditors is that the failure rate for firms with negative cash flow is 213 percent higher than for those operating with a positive cash position. These are just two findings from new research conducted by Dun & Bradstreet.

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