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Dec 8, 2011

Smartcompany News and Analysis: Productivity Commission delivers final retail sector report, Govt establishes retail council, Harvey Norman hit with fine, Jobs’ last great

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Today on SmartCompany we examine the Productivity Commission’s final report into the state of the retail sector and the Government’s response to it, the key part of which is the establishment of a retail taskforce. The debate over whether the $1,000 GST threshold on online overseas purchases should remain looks set to continue; while the Commission has basically shot down the idea, the Government’s taskforce will look for ways to make it work.

Elsewhere, we look at a fresh blow to manufacturing and in Entrepreneur Watch, James Thomson looks at Steve Jobs’ last great design.

How I
How I involve employees with innovation
IT firm Odecee attributes a lot of its success to involving employees in the innovation process. BY PATRICK STAFFORD.
How I

Advertising and Marketing
Why there's lots in a name and tagline
The more definitive you make your tagline, the more likely customers will identify you with their need. BY TOM MCKASKIL.
Tom McKaskill

Aunty B
I’ve just been promoted to CEO. Now what?
The biggest question you need to ask yourself is this: what behaviour do I need to let go of, that has probably served me well, but will now hold me back?
Aunty B

The Futurist
Colin Benjamin
Small businesses are going to face even closer scrutiny and tough love when seeking funds for inventory and short-term growth.
Colin Benjamin

Female Entrepreneur
Naomi Simson
What can retail businesses learn from the entertainment business?
Naomi Simson

Gen-Y Millionaire
Kirsty Dunphy
It's not easy to turn negatives into positives, but here are a few tips.
Kirsty Dunphy

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson
More details have been released about Apple’s spectacular, spaceship-like campus. It’s Steve Jobs’ final grand design.
James Thomson

Stocks and Markets in the News | China Economy: China November consumer-price rise eases to 4.2%

By V. Phani Kumar 
HONG KONG (MarketWatch) -- Chinese inflationary pressures fell sharply in November amid falling food and commodity prices, with the consumer price index rising 4.2% from the year-ago month, sliding off from October's 5.5% increase. Producer price index for the month eased off at an even faster clip, rising at 2.7% in November, compared to 5% in October, according to official data released Friday. The data were also lower than estimates, with economists polled by Dow Jones Newswires anticipating a 4.4% increase in CPI and a 3.2% rise in PPI.

BIV Business Today: Groupon acquires Vancouver’s OpenCal

Business in Vancouver Today

Groupon acquires Vancouver’s OpenCal

Thursday, 08 December 2011 10:23
grouponGroupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) has acquired OpenCal – a Vancouver software company that has created an online appointment system.

Boardroom brawl at Mosquito Consolidated Gold Mines

Thursday, 08 December 2011 10:38
schismA group of disgruntled shareholders wants changes on the board of directors at Vancouver junior miner Mosquito Consolidated Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX-V:MSQ).

Ritchie Bros. online sales exceed US $1 billion

Thursday, 08 December 2011 10:06
soldYesterday, Vancouver-based Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (TSX: RBA) announced that it had reached US$1 billion in online equipment sales in 2011.

Clark welcomes perimeter agreement

Thursday, 08 December 2011 10:17
U.S.-Canada flagsPremier Christy Clark has welcomed two border-oriented action plans, announced yesterday by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama.

Multiple units drive Vancouver November housing starts

Thursday, 08 December 2011 10:31
architect with new houseNovember housing starts in  the Vancouver Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) totalled 1,686, an 84% increase over November 2010 figures, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) numbers released this morning.

Canadian SME confidence holds steady: CFIB

Thursday, 08 December 2011 10:04
surveyAccording to the latest Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) survey data, small-business confidence was little changed in November.

From the Desk of Nick Nicolaas - Mining Interactive: Tumi Completes Six Diamond Drill Holes at La Gloria, Sonora, Mexico

December 08, 2011
TSXv - TM; Frankfurt -TUY (WKN 251 738); Pinksheets - TUMIF 

  • All holes Intersected intervals of skarn and sulphides, terminating in marble; 
  • All drill core has been transported to Hermosillo for more detailed logging and sample preparation for analysis
Says David Henstridge, President & CEO:
“The initial drill program at La Gloria was undertaken very quickly and efficiently for the Company and we look forward to receiving the assay results.”

Dear Fernando:
The ‘Truth Machine’ has completed its initial work - - - now we sit back and wait for the assay results.
As always - - - Stay Tuned, there is lots of excitement just over the horizon for Tumi!!

Regards from Vancouver,

Nick L. Nicolaas
Mining Interactive "Ahead of the Pack"
Donna Werbes
(778) 968-1623

Nick L. Nicolaas
(604) 657-4058

Financial and Forex Info News || The Australian Business Briefing: ECB acts but fails to inspire

ECB acts but fails to inspire
Margit Feher and Geoffrey T. Smith THE ECB cut rates and unveiled new support measures, but stopped short of committing to increased government bond purchases.
Europe banks $150bn short
David Enrich EUROPEAN banks must come up with €114.7 billion ($150bn) in new capital by June, the region's regulator says.
Hedge funds kill Nine debt deal
Richard Gluyas THE fate of Nine hangs in the balance after hedge funds objected to a restructuring proposal from CVC Asia Pacific.
Big banks bite the bullet on rates
Scott Murdoch THE big banks have succumbed to pressure and cut key mortgage and business lending rates.
We can help, says Sarkozy's brother
Damon Kitney OLIVIER Sarkozy believes private equity will play a key role in rebuilding the European financial system.
Foster's to bankroll Asia push
Blair Speedy FOSTER'S boss Ari Mervis says the Australian brewer will provide a solid and reliable cashflow to bankroll SABMiller's expansion in Asia.
CFD traders under scrutiny
Damon Kitney THE corporate regulator has warned it will prosecute promoters who engage in misleading advertising of financial products to investors.
Financial Markets
Gold dives on US dollar favour
Matt Day GOLD slumped as investors sought safety in the US dollar after the ECB's latest efforts to shore up the eurozone fell short of hopes.
Copper slumps on Europe mood
Wall St falls on ECB downer
Financial Markets Coverage
Mining & Energy
Gold dives on US dollar favour
Matt Day GOLD slumped as investors sought safety in the US dollar after the ECB's latest efforts to shore up the eurozone fell short of hopes.
Copper slumps on Europe mood
Nation among the cheapest for petrol
More Mining & Energy