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Small businesses to get more information on access to capital 12 December, 2012
Small businesses that have traditionally struggled with obtaining funding will now be better informed on lending trends, in the form of a new joint initiative between ABA and COSBOA.
Local online retailers triumph 11 December, 2012
Virtually all Australians prefer local online retailers when it comes to doing their shopping over the Internet, according to a new MasterCard survey.
Outlook for 2013 a mixed bag 04 December, 2012
The business outlook for 2013 is mixed, with Australian executives indicating that sales, inventories, selling prices and employment will fall but investment and profits will rise, according to the latest National Business Expectations Survey.
Interest rates cut to three per cent 04 December, 2012
The Reserve Bank today cut interest rates by 25 points to three per cent, off the back of below average global growth forecasts.
Retail flat in October but Christmas spending to hit 32b 04 December, 2012
Retail turnover was unchanged in October 2012, with food retailing the only sector to experience an increase in the month according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Changes to the Privacy Act to benefit small business owners 30 November, 2012
The Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012 has passed Parliament, with implications for SMEs, consumers, credit providers and the economy. Under the new system, additional information will be able to be listed on consumer credit reports, including account payment information prior to default.
Payment times down five days since the height of the GFC but a post-Christmas spike is expected 20 November, 2012
Business-to-business payment times have fallen by five days since the height of the global financial crisis (GFC) however cash flow pressures remain prevalent as firms are being forced to wait more than three weeks longer than standard terms to receive payment for goods and services.
Capital investment expectations reach highest level in nearly ten years 07 November, 2012
One in three Australian businesses expect to boost their long-term investments in the New Year, with capital investment projections reaching their highest level in the past nine years.
RBA keeps interest rates on hold 06 November, 2012
The Reserve Bank (RBA) today kept interest rates unchanged at 3.25 per cent. According to Monetary Policy Decisons Statement global growth is forecast to be a little below average for a time.
SMEs to benefit in Asian century 30 October, 2012
Australian small businesses face challenges competing internationally but have significant growth potential in Asian markets, according to the newly-released government white paper, Australia in the Asian Century.

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