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Dec 4, 2011

Financial and Forex Info News | The Australian Business Briefing Update: Whitehaven, Aston mull merger

Whitehaven, Aston mull merger
David Fickling COAL miners Whitehaven Coal and Aston Resources are in discussions over a potential $4.65 billion merger.
Italy unveils new austerity plan
Stacy Meichtry and Marcus Walker ITALY'S new government unveiled austerity measures that this week could form the first part of a wider European deal to save the euro.
Inflation eases with cheaper food
Geoffrey Rogow CHEAPER fruit, vegetables and automotive fuel sent Australian consumer prices lower in November, an inflation gauge showed today.
Europe clouds rate prospects
Richard Gluyas ECONOMISTS are split on whether the Reserve Bank will cut rates again as European rescue moves continue.
APN downgrades profit
Simon Canning APN News & Media will downgrade profits for this year despite signalling a "significantly better" second half.
Woodside's $30bn plant in doubt
Matt Chambers WOODSIDE Petroleum's plans for a $30 billion-plus liquefied natural gas plant near Broome seem to have become less appealing.
Airport plan to boost tourism
Steve Creedy TOURISM Australia has joined airlines to back a Sydney Airport plan to integrate its domestic and international terminals.
For Wild, no Hastie retreat
Damon Kitney WHEN Bill Wild visited to Madrid in June he didn't know that five months later he would be doing deals for another company.
Financial Markets
Shares gain as miners climb
Sarah Turner AUSTRALIAN shares rose this afternoon as the mining sector boosted the bourse in a week that's likely to be dominated by Europe.
Shares gain in early trading
Dollar slightly higher
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Mining & Energy
Whitehaven, Aston mull merger
David Fickling COAL miners Whitehaven Coal and Aston Resources are in discussions over a potential $4.65 billion merger.
Woodside's $30bn plant in doubt
Spotlight on Peruvian pollution
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Smartcompany News & Analysis: The top 12 sales trends for 2012, Grassroots "buy local" push hits Australia, Zynga tipped for $10bn float, Why the Packers back the little guys

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Today on SmartCompany we've got a special report from our sales guru Sue Barrett on the top 12 sales trends for 2012. Even if you're not directly in the sales team, this is required reading. As Sue's trends show, the market is changing. Doing deals and building relationships are no longer enough. Modern sales people need to educate, facilitate and learn to work faster. Elsewhere we look at Zynga's float plans, Telstra's rebranding success and preview tomorrow's rates decision. Plus in Entrepreneur Watch, James Thomson looks at our youngest billionaire's next move.

Plus don't forget to take the SmartCompany-WHK SME Directions Survey. It will help you frame your planning for 2012 and you could win a planning session with a WHK expert.

The 12 sales trends for 2012

2012 brings with it a whole new respect for transparency and buying power in the world of sales. Ignore this growing force at your peril. BY SUE BARRETT
Sue Barrett

Why the Packers back the little guys
From canny investments in Seek and to the recent sale of cosmetics company Jurlique, the Packers have had some big hits over the years. BY JAMES THOMSON
Packer Angel

Aunty B
Should I avoid the dance floor at the office Christmas party?
Are you nuts? What? It's okay for the men in your office to flock to the dance floor and wave their arms and legs around to Lady Gaga while the women all cling to the walls sipping shandies?
Aunty B

Sue Barrett

If you want to be at the top of your game and stay ahead of your competitors, remember that great sales people don’t hesitate to ask others for support.
Sue Barrett

Retail Trends
Kevin Moore
Although we haven't seen major job losses, we are struggling at retail because Australian shoppers are still too cautious to spend.
Kevin Moore

Behavioural Economics
Bri Williams
No doubt retailers are fed up with customers who take without giving, and in so doing provide online retailers with an even greater advantage through lower overheads and higher margins. But this is the new world.
Bri WIlliams

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson

Nathan Tinkler’s fortune has been made through asset trading rather than business building. Are we about to see another example of that?

Stocks and Markets in the News | Hong Kong Stock Markets: Hong Kong stocks lose ground, with telecoms lower

By Michael Kitchen 
LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- Hong Kong stocks moved lower in early, unsettled trade Monday, with telecoms and banks among the decliners, but with many exporters higher. The Hang Seng Index HK:HSI -0.02% fell 0.3% to 18,986.59, as the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index dropped 0.6%, and the Shanghai Composite CN:000001 -0.94% retreated 1%. China Telecom Corp. HK:728 +0.43% CHA -1.73% lost 0.2% and China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd. HK:762 -1.45% CHU -1.82% fell 1.3% after the two firms asked regulators to halt a probe into their pricing practices and promised to rememdy any problems. Rival telecom China Mobile Ltd. HK:941 -0.33% CHL -0.83% fell 0.8%. Banks were mostly softer, with Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd. CN:601398 -0.24% HK:1398 -0.42% IDCBF 0.00% down 0.6%, and Bank of China Ltd. CN:601988 -0.34% HK:3988 -1.44% BACHY +4.02% losing 1.1% after a report it will take a part stake in Saab. But upbeat U.S. employment data Friday helped boost shares of some export-focused firms, with Li & Fung Ltd. HK:494 +2.44% LFUGY -0.24% up 1.1%, Tsingtao Brewery Co. HK:168 +0.91% TSGTF +5.19% ahead by 1.6%, and Lenovo Group Ltd. HK:992 +1.46% LNVGF +2.01% rising 1.3%. Shares of Tingyi Cayman Islands Holding Corp. HK:322 -1.77% TCYMF +4.13% and Want Want China Holdings Ltd. HK:151 -0.50% WWNTF +7.61% , both of which officially joined the Hang Seng Index on Monday, traded down 2.2% and 1%, respectively after gains in the previous week.

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The AustralianIT - PiNG: Judge rejects ban on US Galaxy sales

Judge rejects ban on US Galaxy sales
A JUDGE has ruled that Samsung can keep selling its products in the US until Apple's claims of patent breaches go to trial there.
SAP acquires software firm for $3.3bn
Christopher Lawton, Philipp Grontzi SAP will pay $3.3 billion to buy online software provider SuccessFactors.
Reporters' court tweeting risks trials
Nic Christensen COURT reporters could be compromising trials through tweeting because laws have not kept pace with social media, an expert says.
Telstra and Google open 'Androidland'
Chris Griffith TELSTRA has teamed with Google to launch Androidland to showcase Android smartphones and tablets.
Australian tech ventures receive funds
TECHNOLOGY that streams live speech into text onto tablets is among 23 Australian inventions to receive Commonwealth funding.
Facebook to hire 'thousands'
FACEBOOK plans to hire thousands of employees over the next year and add an engineering team to its office in New York.
Google eyes online shopping service
GOOGLE is in talks with retailers to create a service that lets consumers shop online for goods and receive orders within a day.
Websites downed by Russian poll hack
WEBSITES which revealed violations in Russia's elections were inaccessible yesterday after a massive hacking attack.
NBN delay stalls Telstra payoff
John Durie THE delays to ACCC approval of the Telstra access undertaking for the National Broadband Network are good news for all concerned.
Google Korea partners meet regulators
Kyong-Ae Choi KOREAN regulators met local partner companies of Google as part of an investigation into unfair trade practices allegations.
Samsung tablet ban extended
Ross Kelly THE High Court has extended a ban on the sale of Samsung's tablet device for at least another week, in a win for Apple.
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IT Business
Harvey's threat to advertising
Supporting legislation needed
ISPs' anti-piracy proposal rejected
Java experts 'just not sexy anymore'
Exec Tech
Sony delivers small-screen Android
Pets collared by tracking devices
Face to face with Nexus phone
No local PlayBook price cuts
Telco war over, says Quigley
John Durie MIKE Quigley says many in the telecommunications sector have forgotten the war ended some time ago.