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Elizabeth Knight comments on companies, markets and the economy.

Woolworths and Wesfarmers slug it out for a slice of wellness market
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Woolworths and Wesfarmers slug it out for a slice of wellness market

These combatants, two of the biggest and best run companies in Australia, have plenty of form from previous bouts.

  • by Elizabeth Knight

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COVID waves take the shine off Virgin’s revival plans
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COVID waves take the shine off Virgin’s revival plans

The course of the pandemic, and with it the timing of Virgin’s financial rebirth, has not gone to script.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
Charging the dead: Why Westpac raised the white flag with ASIC
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Charging the dead: Why Westpac raised the white flag with ASIC

The deal allows the regulator to notch up a handy win, polish its star and brandish its credentials as a results-regulator - all while saving money.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
Carnage averted: Investors keep their cool amid Omicron scare
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Carnage averted: Investors keep their cool amid Omicron scare

The Australian sharemarket was bracing for the worst as fears of the latest COVID-19 strain - Omicron- gathered pace. But traders haven’t let their anxieties get the better of them, yet. 

  • by Elizabeth Knight
$1 million a minute: the Black Friday prediction that has retailers drooling
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$1 million a minute: the Black Friday prediction that has retailers drooling

It is a nail-biting time for all retailers, whose yearly sales and earnings are heavily skewed to their performance over this weekend’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
Bark and a lick: ASX escapes corporate watchdog bite
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Bark and a lick: ASX escapes corporate watchdog bite

For investors and funds managers who suffered from their positions being frozen last November, ASIC’s measures against the stock market operator would appear to be consequence-lite.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
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Cooking with gas: Woodside’s $16b Scarborough affair splits sentiment
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Cooking with gas: Woodside’s $16b Scarborough affair splits sentiment

A jump in price over the past year and a strong demand outlook has helped stack up the economics of the project. But the optics are quite another matter. 

  • by Elizabeth Knight
The chips are down for our casinos as consolidation beckons
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The chips are down for our casinos as consolidation beckons

Three years of controversy have taken their toll on the local casinos and the three operators may give way to one large operating casino company with licences in each state.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
Cheeky, but clever: Private equity giant has another tilt at buying Crown
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Cheeky, but clever: Private equity giant has another tilt at buying Crown

Star Entertainment has been caught with its regulatory pants down, making it difficult to get in the race for the future ownership of its biggest rival. But will Blackstone’s offer be enough?

  • by Elizabeth Knight
How Treasury Wine is punting on a $310 chardonnay to cure its hangover
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How Treasury Wine is punting on a $310 chardonnay to cure its hangover

At up to $310 a bottle it is not the chardonnay drop Kath and Kim would have opened for their nightly ‘wine time philosophy’ sessions in the backyard at Fountain Lakes.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
Margins, not millennials, drove down Commonwealth Bank shares
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Margins, not millennials, drove down Commonwealth Bank shares

CBA’s digital product push is necessary to protect its future. But traditional forces are at play in how the bank’s profit looks today.

  • by Elizabeth Knight