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15 January 2008

Woolies named world-class retailerWoolworths has made it into the top 25 of a list of 250 ‘world-class' retailers. The Deloitte 2008 Global Powers of Retailing report, which identifies the 250...

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11 September 2007

Concern at commercialisation of textbooks in NSWThe New South Wales Opposition has expressed concerns that the State Government is allowing corporations to market their products in books used in schools....

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28 August 2007

Author threatenedBen Hills, the Australian author of the controversial book Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne, has received threatening emails just before the Japanese translation was due for publication....

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23 July 2007

Little, Brown buys PiatkusThe Little, Brown Book Group has bought British independent publisher Piatkus. Founder Judy Piatkus will continue as MD until the end of the year, when she will retire...

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17 July 2007

Workplace watchdog warns small businessThe newly appointed Workplace Ombudsman, Nicholas Wilson, has issued a warning to small businesses to meet all their legal obligations regarding employee entitlements, pointing to a...

Coles takeover bid accepted 

3 July 2007

Coles Group, Australia's largest retailer--which includes Kmart, Target and Officeworks as well as Coles supermarkets--is finally set to change hands after a bid by Wesfarmers (the owners of the Bunnings...

ARW’s owner in bid for Coles 

3 April 2007

In what would be the biggest corporate takeover in Australian history, Wesfarmers (which owns the Bunnings DIY chain) and Pacific Equity Partners (PEP, owner of Angus & Robertson Whitcoulls) have...

Coles: pre-sale break-up imminent? 

27 March 2007

Coles has confirmed that it is considering breaking up the retail chain and selling Target and Officeworks separately to its supermarket and Kmart division. The company confirmed last month it...

Coles for sale–again 

27 February 2007

Australia's second-largest retailer, the Coles Group, is again up for sale. After turning down an $18 billion takeover bid by private equity group KKR last year, Coles announced a rebranding...