Consumer Goods

  • European stocks waver as US shut for holiday AFP - Tue, Feb 21, 2017 4:11 AM AEDT

    London (AFP) - Europe's stock markets took a break from Trump-watching on Monday as US markets were closed, instead mulling developments on their own continent.

  • Kraft withdraws Unilever offer AAP - Mon, Feb 20, 2017 10:42 AM AEDT

    The breakdown in takeover talks with Unilever sparks speculation that Kraft might try to purchase another large consumer goods company as a backup plan.

  • Kraft still hungry for deal with Unilever AAP - Sat, Feb 18, 2017 2:21 PM AEDT

    Unilever has knocked back a $US143 billion takeover offer from Kraft, saying it's too low, but the US company remains interested in a deal.

  • US trade deficit falls as exports jump AAP - Wed, Feb 8, 2017 9:50 AM AEDT

    The US trade deficit has fallen to $US44.3 billion as goods and services exports rise to $USUS190.7 billion, their highest in more than one-and-a-half years.

  • PM promises housing action as prices rise AAP - Wed, Feb 1, 2017 4:34 PM AEDT

    New figures suggest the Turnbull government's promised efforts to tackle housing affordability can't come soon enough.

  • Ansell buys UK-based Nitritex for $A94m AAP - Tue, Jan 31, 2017 8:54 AM AEDT

    Ansell says its new acquisition, UK healthcare consumer goods maker Nirtritex, has achieved double-digit revenue and earnings growth in recent years.

  • Trade upturn raises inflation, wage hopes AAP - Fri, Jan 27, 2017 3:42 PM AEDT

    Recent spikes in commodity prices are set to benefit Australian workers and savers but borrowers may be concerned as rate hikes seem less likely.

  • US industrial production jumps in December AFP - Thu, Jan 19, 2017 1:34 AM AEDT

    Washington (AFP) - Industrial output jumped in December, retracing the decline in November, which was bigger than originally reported, with consumer goods and utilities leading the way, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday.

  • In Angola, 'word of God preached in a store' AFP - Fri, Jan 13, 2017 7:11 PM AEDT
    In Angola, 'word of God preached in a store'

    Luanda (AFP) - Pastor Gabriel Baptiste of the Pentecostal "Bread of Life" church in the Angolan capital Luanda preaches in a premises that used to be a busy barber's shop.

  • German industrial production makes timid November gains AFP - Mon, Jan 9, 2017 7:03 PM AEDT

    Frankfurt am Main (AFP) - German industrial production crept up in November, official data showed Monday, falling short of analysts' predictions and moderating hopes Europe's largest economy would end 2016 with a growth spurt.

  • German industrial orders fall back in November AFP - Fri, Jan 6, 2017 10:01 PM AEDT

    Frankfurt am Main (AFP) - German industrial orders fell in November, official data showed Friday, but analysts remained confident that Europe's largest economy would see a rebound in growth after a tough summer.

  • How we shop hurts endangered species AFP - Thu, Jan 5, 2017 6:42 AM AEDT
    How we shop hurts endangered species

    Paris (AFP) - The hidden danger to wildlife posed by imported consumer goods -- an espresso coffee in Beijing, a tofu salad in Chicago -- can now be pinpointed and measured, researchers said Wednesday.

  • Iran rial hits fresh record low AFP - Sun, Dec 25, 2016 10:09 PM AEDT

    Tehran (AFP) - Iran's currency plumbed new lows against the dollar on Sunday, continuing a six-month decline that has seen the rial lose some 19 percent of its value despite the lifting of sanctions.

  • New dairy boss shifts from brew to moo AAP - Mon, Dec 12, 2016 2:10 PM AEDT

    Former Carlton & United Breweries chief executive Ari Mervis will take the helm at dairy co-operative Murray Goulburn from mid-February.

  • Small October rebound for German industrial production AFP - Wed, Dec 7, 2016 6:47 PM AEDT

    Frankfurt am Main (AFP) - Industrial production in Germany picked up slightly in October after a sharper-than-expected fall the month before, official data showed on Wednesday.

  • International markets roundup AAP - Mon, Dec 5, 2016 7:42 AM AEDT

    News from the world's major stock markets

  • China factory activity growth accelerates in November AFP - Thu, Dec 1, 2016 5:18 PM AEDT
    China factory activity growth accelerates in November

    Beijing (AFP) - China's factory activity grew at its fastest rate in more than two years in November, official data showed Thursday, as cheap credit and improving demand helped revive industry in the world's second-largest economy.

  • Is there hope for Tasmania in the post-mining boom era? The Conversation - Mon, Nov 28, 2016 12:00 AM AEDT
    Is there hope for Tasmania in the post-mining boom era?

    States like Tasmania have benefited from the end of the mining boom says Christopher Kent, speaking for the last time as the RBA Chief Economist. Lower interest rates have boosted the housing markets, and a lower Australian dollar has made agriculture and services more competitive in these states.

  • There may be a silver lining to Trump's trade policies The Conversation - Thu, Nov 24, 2016 12:00 AM AEDT
    There may be a silver lining to Trump's trade policies

    On paper, there’s no doubt that Donald Trump’s trade policies will amount to the single biggest change to the way America does business with the rest of the world in decades. The question is, whether this presents an opportunity for Australia.

  • India's currency reform prompts chaos AP - Mon, Nov 21, 2016 1:38 PM AEDT

    Analysts warn that India's sudden currency demonitization could do more harm than good, won't curb the black economy and could even lead to recession.

  • Trump win adds pressure to Brazil's reform AAP - Fri, Nov 18, 2016 10:01 AM AEDT

    Brazil could feel more pressure to reform after Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential election spurred more market volatility, bankers say.

  • One-fourth make money from online platforms in US: survey AFP - Fri, Nov 18, 2016 4:20 AM AEDT
    One-fourth make money from online platforms in US: survey

    Washington (AFP) - Nearly one-fourth of American adults have earned money recently using online commerce platforms for "gigs" or to sell goods, a survey showed Thursday.

  • US industrial production flat in October AFP - Thu, Nov 17, 2016 2:41 AM AEDT

    Washington (AFP) - Industrial output in the United States was flat in October, but a surge in mining helped spur a rebound from two months of declines, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday.

  • Business feud shocks Indian community AAP - Tue, Nov 15, 2016 1:01 PM AEDT

    A public spat within one of India's top business empire's has sent a shock through the tiny Parsi community.

  • Iran resort hopes relaxed rules will attract tourists AFP - Sun, Nov 13, 2016 5:48 PM AEDT
    Iran resort hopes relaxed rules will attract tourists

    Kish (Iran) (AFP) - Iranian investors are pouring money into Kish island in the Gulf, hoping its white sand beaches, coral reefs and more relaxed Islamic rules, could make it a major tourism destination.

  • Adidas profits leap higher but Reebok overhaul to cost 150 jobs AFP - Fri, Nov 4, 2016 12:09 AM AEDT
    Adidas profits leap higher but Reebok overhaul to cost 150 jobs

    Frankfurt (AFP) - German sportswear group Adidas reported a jump in profits Thursday, lifted by strong sales of its own-brand trainers and apparel, but said a planned overhaul of its struggling Reebok unit would cost 150 jobs.

  • Warrnambool Cheese in profit but cautious AAP - Thu, Nov 3, 2016 6:12 PM AEDT

    Warrnambool Cheese says it is cautious about risks to returns this year from dairy prices and the Aussie dollar after returning to profit in the first half.

  • Remember the ‘home of the future’? We’ve got some news… Yahoo7 Be - Wed, Nov 2, 2016 8:55 AM AEDT
    Remember the ‘home of the future’? We’ve got some news…

    The post-war, economic boom of the 1950s made suburban living affordable and attractive to young families.

  • International markets roundup AAP - Thu, Oct 20, 2016 7:13 AM AEDT

    News from the world's major stock markets

  • US further eases Cuba restrictions AAP - Sat, Oct 15, 2016 5:17 PM AEDT

    US travellers to Cuba will be able to bring out more rum and cigars from the communist nation following a further relaxing of restrictions by the US government.