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Harvey Norman Sees '03 Sales Up. Sales at Australian furniture and electricals retailer Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd will show growth at existing stores of up to 10 percent for fiscal 2003, Chairman Gerry Harvey has said. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2003
Gloves off as retailer hits out. Retail king Gerry Harvey yesterday couldn't resist a parting tirade at the chairman of Australia's consumer watchdog, Professor Allan Fels. .... [more] 30 Jun, 2003
McDonald's opens doors to healthy new cuisine. McDonald's is embarking on a nationwide publicity campaign aimed at convincing Australians that the multinational giant does not put pig fat in its shakes or newspaper in its chicken McNuggets. .... [more] 27 Jun, 2003
Freedom sales dip. Furniture group Freedom yesterday warned sluggish sales in the half to June 30 would hurt the bottom line in two divisions. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2003
US firm bids for Aussie dough roll-out. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. opened its first shop outside North America near Sydney last week - aiming at capturing some of the $7 billion that Australians spend each year on fast food. .... [more] 25 Jun, 2003
Krispy Kreme opens store in Sydney. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. has opened the doors to its first store outside North America, located in the Sydney, Australia suburb of Penrith. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2003
Maccas to end use of antibiotics in its meat. Fast food giant McDonald's has moved to ban or discourage its meat suppliers worldwide from feeding their livestock antibiotic growth promoters because of growing concern about their impact on human health. .... [more] 20 Jun, 2003
Ever heard of Gerry being stationary. Gerry Harvey has baulked at bidding for struggling office supplier WC Penfold despite interest shown by some of his fellow directors. .... [more] 18 Jun, 2003
ABC dumps chiefs after takeover. ABC Learning Centres' friendly takeover of FutureOne has turned nasty after the surprise sacking of two key employees. .... [more] 17 Jun, 2003
Wild about doughnuts. Aussie superstar Nicole Kidman is about to be interviewed on US television. The interviewer presents her with a box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts and, well, she goes nuts. Make no mistake, the US doughnut chain, just days from opening here, has the celebrity stamp of approval. .... [more] 16 Jun, 2003
Mortgage fight gets bite. Despite the predicted end to the housing boom, RAMS Homeloans and Wizard Homeloans are pursuing ambitious nationwide growth aspirations which will see them open up to 10 new WA branches between them before the end of the year. .... [more] 14 Jun, 2003
Sushi boss owes $100,000. A company associated with a wealthy entrepreneur has left several high-profile Adelaide businesses with total debts of more than $100,000 after the collapse of a franchise chain. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2003
Red Rooster ready to fly east and ruffle some feathers. The expansion by takeaway food chain Red Rooster is gathering pace, with the company planning to open 40 stores next year. .... [more] 13 Jun, 2003
Krispy Kreme begins Aussie assault. The first Krispy Kreme doughnut franchise outside north America is set to open next week in Penrith in Sydney's west. .... [more] 11 Jun, 2003
Sugars denies knowledge of franchise dispute. The perfect world of Brad Sugars, who owns the Brisbane-based Action International business coaching empire, has taken a knock this week with revelations that his Queensland franchisees are in revolt. .... [more] 10 Jun, 2003
Burger King slips into Hungry Jacks uniform. Burger King Corp's new management said on Friday it was ceding the Australian market to the Hungry Jack's brand, dissolving a convoluted relationship that at one time went to court in a franchising dispute. .... [more] 2 Jun, 2003
Brand bunfight to Hungry Jack's. Hungry Jack's founder Jack Cowin has emerged victorious from his decade-long battle against global fast-food giant Burger King, which yesterday agreed to rebrand its 81 Eastern States outlets under the Hungry Jack's banner. .... [more] 31 May, 2003
D'oh!-Nuts from Homerland. The soft, sweet and tasty juggernaut of American consumerism is about to engulf Australia, again. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will open its first "store" at Penrith in western Sydney on June 19. .... [more] 30 May, 2003
Besieged fast food giants strive for healthier image. Increasing criticism of processed and takeaway foods and the trend to healthier eating and living habits have put pressure on advertisers to change tack or lose customers. .... [more] 29 May, 2003
McDonald's food facts now on new website. McDonald's Australia has launched a redesigned website that focuses heavily on conveying information about the ingredients used in the fast food leader's products. .... [more] 27 May, 2003
Pair face court on tax plan charges. Two Perth accountants appeared in the Supreme Court yesterday, charged with conspiracy to defraud the Commonwealth over their connection to a mass-marketed tax effective scheme promoted in 1998. .... [more] 22 May, 2003
Hire Intelligence... lower expectations. IT rental company Hire Intelligence could record another loss this financial year after writing down $630,000 in goodwill and sinking capital into a new business that hires out test and measurement equipment, chairman Tom Crage said yesterday. .... [more] 20 May, 2003
Sushi chain woes put shops at risk. Sushi specialist Tokyo Joe's has hit troubled waters. .... [more] 19 May, 2003
Cash-flow woes hit Ian Diffen tyre group. Ian Diffen World of Tyres, the tyre giant whose founder died just a fortnight ago, has fallen into administration. .... [more] 17 May, 2003
Small biz GST slug. Small business is set to be stung by a fresh tax hit as the Australian Taxation Office cracks down on a little-known element of the GST affecting company assets. .... [more] 5 May, 2003

Brumby's to go it alone in drive for 230 new shops. Brumby's Bakeries has gone cold on the idea of listing on the Australian Stock Exchange and will fund internally an ambitious growth plan to open 230 shops over the next five years. .... [more] 1 May, 2003
Sex Disneyland in Sydney? The Daily Planet Ltd, which tomorrow becomes the first brothel to list on the Australian Stock Exchange, has plans to open a "sex Disneyland" in Sydney and is also considering franchising. .... [more] 30 Apr, 2003
INTEREST - Website bites business. A website which began with a complaint about Qantas has grown to an aggressive watchdog for consumers and a potential hotspot for investors. .... [more] 28 Apr, 2003
Big Mac index tips leap for $A. Strewth! Burgernomics might not be a fine art, but it's showing that the Australian dollar is the most undervalued currency among developed economies. .... [more] 26 Apr, 2003
Retail ban costs 'tens of millions'. The Bracks Government's controversial new Easter Sunday trading ban cost retailers tens of millions of dollars in turnover yesterday, as most businesses abided by the law and closed. .... [more] 21 Apr, 2003
Building a women's world. Bronwyn Hudson founded Femme For Tile in the tradition of White Lady Funerals and Fernwood Gyms - as a brand aimed deliberately at a female market. .... [more] 20 Apr, 2003
Easter trade laws anger business. Victorian traders were angry and confused about amended trading restrictions during the Easter break, the Australian Retailers Association said today. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2003
Constellation unveils franchise program. The Constellation Hotel Group has launched a new hotel franchising program and announced the first two hotels to have joined the group. .... [more] 17 Apr, 2003
Woolies, Harvey Norman lead sales charge. Woolworths and Harvey Norman showed yesterday there's life yet in the retail sector, with third-quarter sales for both rising strongly despite the Iraq war, SARS and a patchy economy. .... [more] 16 Apr, 2003
RAMS to franchise loans in drive for growth. RAMS Home Loans yesterday became the latest mortgage originator to respond to slimming margins in the home-lending business and a major shake-up in the way in which loans are sold to borrowers. .... [more] 11 Apr, 2003
Metcash holds off on fuel offer. National grocery and liquor group Metcash Trading Ltd said yesterday it would not finalise a discount fuel offer with any petrol companies until details of the rumoured Coles Myer Ltd/Shell Australia deal were known. .... [more] 9 Apr, 2003
Ikea finds a new home. After two years of negotiations, Lang Walker's Walker Corporation and new tenant Ikea have finalised the development and lease agreement on a new Sydney store. .... [more] 3 Apr, 2003
Serving up the lot to a hungry market. Domino's managing director Don Meij wants a bigger slice of the state's pizza market. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2003
Brambles sells UK repair business. Brambles Industries' Cleanaway company has sold the repair and maintenance business of its UK subsidiary, Serviceteam. .... [more] 29 Mar, 2003
Harvey looks to mortgages. Harvey Norman is planning to borrow against its $800 million property portfolio to raise funds for expanding its store network and other ventures. .... [more] 24 Mar, 2003
Eagle Boys to expand further. Queensland, controlled pizza chain Eagle Boys will expand further across Brisbane after claiming that its "instant pizza" concept has boosted sales by 40 per cent. .... [more] 24 Mar, 2003
Ikea to go mega with latest shops. Swedish furniture retailer Ikea believes size matters. A lot. The company will today open its first Australian mega store, at a size of 22,500 sq m and a cost of $100 million, in Melbourne's Richmond. .... [more] 20 Mar, 2003
Harvey urges shakeup. Retail king Gerry Harvey yesterday called for a shake-up of Australian boardrooms. .... [more] 17 Mar, 2003
Harvey Norman founder lifts share stake. Gerry Harvey bought another $4 million worth of shares in Harvey Norman yesterday, taking a contrary view to the market. .... [more] 15 Mar, 2003
Harvey Norman gets a winner. A few deft touches from Harvey Norman have turned around Rebel Sport's rundown results, with the sporting goods retailer reporting a record half-year profit and reinstating the interim dividend. .... [more] 13 Mar, 2003
Sam's Seafood bathes in upstream forecast. Sam's Seafood Holding said today it was on track to meet its forecast of full year net profit, and is looking at opportunities in franchising. .... [more] 7 Mar, 2003
INTEREST - Optimistic small business sector expands. Small and medium enterprises are making a growing contribution to the Australian economy, according to a national small business survey sponsored by ANZ. .... [more] 3 Mar, 2003
Turnaround at Harvey World. Harvey World Travel marked a sharp recovery from the downturn in the tourism industry by earning $1.2 million in the December half year. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2003
Brambles delivers patchy $248m half year. Brambles Industries showed signs it had halted last year's shock deterioration in the CHEP Europe pallets business and maintained the swift rate of improvement in the US. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2003
Domino's fires up $60m expansion. Queensland pizza chain Domino's Pizza Australia said yesterday it was firmly on track to build 50 new stores across the country this financial year, with its slow march to the south finally crossing the Victorian border. .... [more] 25 Feb, 2003
Freedom comfortably placed for a sagging economy. Freedom Group yesterday produced its third successive record half-year result, but forecast earnings would grow at a far slower clip as war, drought and bushfires sapped consumer confidence. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2003
Armchair ride for Fantastic. Refugees and divorcees helped push Fantastic Furniture's shares into the comfort zone yesterday after it reported a bumper 50 per cent rise in full-year net profit. .... [more] 18 Feb, 2003
Brambles sends backers scuttling. With the pallet hirer's first-half results out soon, investors are piling into the bunkers. .... [more] 12 Feb, 2003
RELATED - Small business awards open today. Applications for the 2003 Telstra and Australian Governments' Small Business Awards open today. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2003
Freedom's another word for profit. Freedom Group shares surged almost 8 per cent or 14c to $1.95 after it said it expects to deliver higher than anticipated first half profits. .... [more] 8 Feb, 2003
Bakery biz a piece of cake. Michel's Patisserie's Noel Carroll and Noel Russell hope to open another 70 stores across Australia and overseas this year, as their business grows into one of the country's largest franchise chains. .... [more] 2 Feb, 2003
Metcash eschews Philippines link, delays global push. Grocery and liquor wholesaler Metcash has scrapped its joint venture in the Philippines and put any international expansion on hold for at least six months. .... [more] 29 Jan, 2003
US sub joins Wendy's. Adelaide's Retail Brands Group, which owns the Wendy's ice cream business, is branching out into the fast-food sandwich market by bringing one of the swiftest growing chains in the US to Australia, Quizno's Subs. .... [more] 27 Jan, 2003
Maccas big smackers Down Under. The local arm of McDonald's Corp has recorded its best ever sales and profit figures - in sharp contrast to the global hamburger chain's woeful performance in its US heartland . .... [more] 25 Jan, 2003
Queensland key growth area for Rebel. Sporting goods retailer Rebel Sport Ltd has earmarked Queensland as one of its key expansion areas after yesterday reporting double-digit growth in first-half sales. .... [more] 23 Jan, 2003
Harvey Norman on track to meet half-year targets. Harvey Norman's sales eased marginally through Christmas, but executive chairman Gerry Harvey is nonetheless pleased with a rise of almost 14 per cent in half-year revenue, given all the potential pitfalls. .... [more] 22 Jan, 2003
INTEREST - Smaller shops in fear of Sundays. Sunday trading could be extended throughout regional Queensland following a review of shopping laws introduced in the southeast six months ago. .... [more] 20 Jan, 2003
Hire Intelligence to expand range as market dips. Computer rental firm Hire Intelligence International Ltd will expand its range of rental equipment to other areas after the computer rental market in Australia and the United Kingdom fell by up to 45 per cent in 2002. .... [more] 17 Jan, 2003
Quick end for sales as retailers celebrate. The official post-Christmas sales period ends at close of trade tomorrow, two weeks earlier than last year, with retailers reporting good sales and the only sour note a bit of verbal biffo over sale tactics. .... [more] 11 Jan, 2003
Brambles will need a lot of patience. Brambles Industries shareholders, who lost more than half their investment in the world's biggest freight pallet supplier in 2002, may have to wait another year for a turnaround, analysts said. .... [more] 3 Jan, 2003
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