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Nov 23, 2011

Smartcompany News and Analysis:Harvey Norman launches online store – our verdict, Food group collapses, New Coalition push for parental leave changes, Aussie dollar on the slide

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Gerry Harvey’s finally done it! Today on SmartCompany we take a look at Harvey Norman’s new online store and give our (surprisingly positive) verdict. We also look at the collapse of another food business, examine the Coalition’s new push to get the Government to handle parental leave payments and ask just how low the Australian dollar could go. Plus in Entrepreneur Watch, James Thomson looks for some light in the retail gloom.

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There are many factors that determine good value when it comes to arranging a professional website.
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With the reputational, operational and legal risks, data and information protection must be high on the agenda.
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Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson
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Hartzer in box seat at Westpac: Financial and Forex Info News | The Australian Business Briefing Afternoon Update

Hartzer in box seat at Westpac
Ross Kelly WESTPAC has named Brian Hartzer to a powerful new position as part of a restructure, putting him in the box seat to succeed Gail Kelly.
Murchison soars on asset sales
David Fickling MURCHISON Metals shares soared almost 50 per cent after it sold its stakes in a mine and the Oakajee project to Mitsubishi for $325m.
DJs gloomy after sales slump
Ross Kelly DAVID Jones reaffirmed its guidance for a substantial fall in half-year profit after first quarter sales slid 11.2 per cent.
German bond downer raises alarm
Geoffrey T. Smith and Emese Bartha A GERMAN debt auction drew some of the weakest demand since the introduction of the euro, raising concerns Europe's crisis is spreading.
Woolies slams pokie reforms
WOOLWORTHS has criticised the federal government's proposed mandatory pre-commitment rules for poker machines.
GrainCorp net profit doubles
David Winning GRAINCORP today said net profit in the year to September 30 more than doubled to $171.6 million as exports and harvests improved.
Retail hope despite short selling
Blair Speedy IT'S early days, but some hope that signs of life are emerging in the retail sector, one of the most shorted sectors on the ASX.
Dollar dives to seven-week low
THE Australian dollar has fallen to its lowest level in seven weeks on concerns about China and Europe's debt crisis.
Financial Markets
Stocks notch weekly losses
Sarah Turner AUSTRALIAN stocks wavered but remained firmly on track for weekly losses amid ongoing concerns about Europe's debt crisis.
McMillan CEO in share selldown
Stocks trade mildly lower
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Mining & Energy
Murchison soars on asset sales
David Fickling MURCHISON Metals shares soared almost 50 per cent after it sold its stakes in a mine and the Oakajee project to Mitsubishi for $325m.
Gold eases on US dollar allure
Copper slumps to four-week low
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