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Oct 23, 2011

Stocks & Markets in The News | Asia: Asia stocks climb on Europe bailout progressMarketWatch | Markets stocks climb on Europe bailout progress Asian stocks climb after European leaders say they are making good progress on a plan to resolve the debt crisis that has roiled global markets.
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A security guard stands in front of a panel displaying world market indexes at an exhibition hall of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange August 10, 2011. Asian stocks clawed back some lost ground on Wednesday, following a rebound in U.S. shares, after the Federal Reserve made an unprecedented pledge to keep interest rates near zero for at least two years, stemming a global equity rout for the time being. REUTERS/Bobby Yip (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS) - Reuters
Asia awaits China data, chip earnings The coming week should prove a busy one for Asia in terms of key data and earnings, with more clues coming on the state of the Chinese and Australian economies and the fortunes of Asian chip makers.
7:01 a.m. Oct. 22, 2011
Investors look to EU summits for direction European headlines will dominate investor attention next week as officials hold crucial meetings in the coming days to further advance negotiations in the region’s sovereign-debt crisis.
12:00 a.m. Oct. 22, 2011

Smartcompany News & Analysis: Franchisor stops new SA stores after state passes franchise law, Property’s Super Saturday turns sour, Five Steve Jobs stories from new biography

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Today on SmartCompany we look at new research that predicts an explosion of smartphone usage in Australia and examine eight ways your business can prepare. We look at the latest data on Australia’s fastest-growing states, examine five tasty anecdotes from the new biography of Steve Jobs and talk to South Australian franchisor Mark Langford about why he’s stopping the rollout of new stores in SA after the Parliament passed laws that will allow for the creation of a state-based franchising code of conduct. It’s a move that has James Thomson worried in Entrepreneur Watch.

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Rich Secrets
The value unlocker
In the past few years, Kerry Stokes has released the value stuck inside his empire by carefully reshuffling his assets. Here’s how he’s done it. BY JAMES THOMSON.
Rich secrets

Surprise rise in property commitments
At a time when property values are down and below average transaction volumes are at play, the latest property figures are surprising. BY TIM LAWLESS.

Aunty B
Will praise spoil our staff?
Why the hell wouldn't you want to give your staff great feedback when they do a great job?
Aunty B

Behavioural Economics
Bri Williams

An app provides an evocative example of how to overcome inertia by creating an entertaining, enjoyable experience.
Bri Williams

Retail trends
Kevin Moore

I truly believe that impulse shopping has become much easier and more prevalent online than in stores.
Kevin Moore

Enterprise Leadership
Dennis Roberts

The primary job role of an enterprise leader is to formulate and deliver the strategic objectives of the business.
Dennis Roberts

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson

It remains to be seen if the sector will thrive as proponents of the new law expect.

The Australian | Business Briefing: Union revival spurs crisis

Union revival spurs crisis
Damon Kitney AUSTRALIAN companies are battling a crisis in the workplace because of the re-emergence of union power in industrial relations.
Dollar higher on EU hopes
THE Australian dollar rose as European leaders closed in on a broad agreement to resolve the euro debt crisis.
Europe's leaders claim progress
Richard Gluyas EUROPE was edging towards a resolution of the Greek sovereign debt crisis late last night ahead of a crucial summit meeting.
Smart Fox has every heir in place
Richard Gluyas ASK Lindsay Fox about succession at his sprawling transport empire and the 74-year-old will give you a disarming response.
Little to take lucrative role
Damon Kitney RETIRING Toll Holdings chief executive Paul Little will take up a consultancy agreement with the group next year.
Green light for Pharmaxis drug
Nabila Ahmed SYDNEY biotechnology group Pharmaxis expects to begin marketing its key cystic fibrosis drug, Bronchitol, early next year.
China's Benfold's a good drop
Blair Speedy AUSTRALIAN wines are being passed off as local produce in China.
Stockland chief to be grilled over pay
Florence Chong STOCKLAND shareholders are expected to grill the board over remuneration policies at tomorrow's annual meeting in Sydney.
Financial Markets
Dollar higher on EU hopes
THE Australian dollar rose as European leaders closed in on a broad agreement to resolve the euro debt crisis.
China's Benfold's a good drop
No dip here if China grows
Financial Markets Coverage
Mining & Energy
Pipeline industry expects a windfall
Sarah-Jane Tasker AUSTRALIA'S gas pipeline industry is tipping a $20 billion windfall  from local coal-seam gas and liquefied natural gas projects.
New taxes unlikely to slow investment
Miners reject local content rules
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