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Jan 24, 2012

Smatcompany News and Analysis: The outlook for industrial property, Stan Gordon on franchisee disputes, The 10 industries spending the most on AdWords, Apple rings in another record

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Today on SmartCompany, we bring you up to speed with a complex law that takes effect next week, touch on news that franchisee advocate and long-time NSW Liberal Jo Gash is quitting federal politics, and reveal the 10 industries that dominate AdWords spending. Plus, what will Apple do with its record $US97.6 billion cash on hand?

And in Boss Lady, SmartCompany founder Amanda Gome questions whether the Government should be heeding IMF warnings that the sun might not continue to shine in the Lucky Country.

Lunch with an Entrepreneur
Stan Gordon
The founder of Franchised Food Company says a downturn would be good for both recruitment and sales, and explains why foreigners get it so wrong with fast food in Australia. BY MADELEINE HEFFERNAN.

Industrial property waits for the bounce
The industrial property market has stabilised and returned to a modest growth pattern in 2011-12, in line with improvements to the domestic economy and financial conditions. BY KAREN DOBIE.

Aunty B
I need to restructure my staff but I'm over it big time
Good heavens. Here is what you are going to do: you are going to come up with a plan.
Aunty B

Property Investor
Michael Yardney
2012 will be a boom year - for fright.
Ask the experts

Internet secrets
Craig Reardon
You might be throwing good money after bad on some traditional methods.
Smart Blog

Retail advice
Brian Walker
Retailers can't afford to just "sell stuff" anymore. The smart ones focus on creating value for their consumers.
Smart Blogs

Boss Lady
Amanda Gome
The Government insists the IMF's growth warning won't hamper its surplus promise. But is politics standing in the way of economic prudence?

Financial and Forex Info News | The Australian Business Briefing Update: Inflation flat in fourth quarter

Inflation flat in fourth quarter
Adam Creighton AUSTRALIA'S consumer price index (CPI) was unchanged in the fourth quarter of 2011 from the third quarter.
Suncorp to cut 71 back-office jobs
Gavin Lower SUNCORP will cut 71 jobs at its insurance arm and send work to World Network Services of India to improve back-office efficiency.
iPhone, iPad push Apple to record
Ian Sherr APPLE reported its best quarter ever for revenue on strong iPhone and iPad sales, in its first full quarter without Steve Jobs.
Stocks rise after CPI data
Virginia Harrison AUSTRALIAN shares rose today, with bank stocks surging after data showed consumer prices remained steady in the last quarter.
Gloucester hit by weak demand
Robb M. Stewart GLOUCESTER Coal posted a sharp jump in production, but sales volumes were below expectations as coking coal demand weakened.
KKR's bid for PacBrands stalls
Blair Speedy A TAKEOVER approach to Pacific Brands from private equity group KKR appears to have stalled.
Europe pushes for Greek solution
Costas Paris and Matina Stevis EU finance ministers overnight further pressured Greece and its private sector creditors to come to agreement.
Warning on US derivatives rules
Alan Zibel and Jamila Trindle A US banking regulator warned overnight against a "vast over reaction" in regulation of derivatives markets.
Financial Markets
Stocks rise after CPI data
Virginia Harrison AUSTRALIAN shares rose today, with bank stocks surging after data showed consumer prices remained steady in the last quarter.
Iranians rush banks as rial dives
Stocks shrug off Europe gloom
Financial Markets Coverage
Mining & Energy
Gloucester hit by weak demand
Robb M. Stewart GLOUCESTER Coal posted a sharp jump in production, but sales volumes were below expectations as coking coal demand weakened.
Gold slips ahead of Fed meeting
Macarthur mines 'not at standard'
More Mining & Energy

Rally in Bank Stocks Is Not a Buy Sign: Video - MarketWatch

Rally in Bank Stocks Is Not a Buy Sign Jan. 24, 2012 Financial stocks, which led the rally back from March 2009, are surging. Although many look at bank stocks as a market barometer, leaders in past rallies don't spearhead the next upturn, according to MarketWatch's Mark Hulbert. Laura Mandaro reports. (Photo: Getty Images)

Stocks and Markets in the News | Japan Trade Balance: Japan posts first annual trade deficit since 1980

By Michael Kitchen 
LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- Japan posted its first annual trade deficit since 1980, with the Ministry of Finance reporting Wednesday a 205.1 billion yen ($2.63 billion) trade gap for December, wider than a ¥150.5 billion forecast from a Dow Jones Newswires survey. Exports for December fell 8% from a year earlier, a larger drop than forecast falls of 7.9% and 7.5% from Reuters and Dow Jones Newswires, respectively. Imports rose 8.1% year-on-year. For all of 2011, Japan's trade deficit total ¥2.49 trillion. The Japanese yen USDJPY +0.38% slipped following the data, with the dollar rising to ¥77.68 from ¥77.64 ahead of the numbers.

NYT Afternoon Business News: Asia Stocks Rise as Apple Result Lifts Tech Shares.


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Romney's Tax Returns Show $21.6 Million Income in '10

Mitt Romney on Tuesday released documents that show he and his wife had an effective federal tax rate in 2010 of 13.9 percent, paying about $3 million on $21.6 million of income.
The Caucus

Inside the Romney Tax Returns

Times reporters look into the specifics of the Romney tax returns.

Romney Sidesteps Tough Immigration Talk in Florida

Mitt Romney is counting on Florida's 450,000 Hispanic Republicans caring more about the economy than his stance on the Dream Act.
The Caucus

Poll: Partisan Split Over Tax Policies

A majority of Republicans approve of current tax policy that taxes capital gains at a lower rate than income from work, while Democrats and independents are more likely to want tax rates to be the same for both.
The Lede Blog

The First Hours of Egypt's Revolution

On the eve of the Egyptian revolution's first anniversary, one activist shares video he shot of the first hours of protest in Cairo on Jan. 25, 2011.

Video: TimesCast | January 23, 2012

Egypt seats its new Parliament | Romney and Gingrich trade jabs before Monday's debate | China celebrates the Year of the Dragon.


Ai Weiwei: The Evolution of a Dissident

The filmmaker Alison Klayman presents an exclusive look at the Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei and his struggle for freedom of expression.

I.M.F. Reduces Estimates for Global Growth

The International Monetary Fund warned that global growth prospects have dimmed as the sovereign debt crisis in the euro zone has entered a "perilous new phase."

E.U. Officials Continue to Press for a Quick Deal on Greek Debt

While pressing for an accord with lenders to Athens, European finance ministers made progress on measures to shore up the broader euro zone.

Stocks Retreat on Absence of Greek Resolution

Wall Street shares fell as talks to resolve Greece's debt crisis stumbled and analysts pointed to a possible short-term lull after five days of back-to-back gains.

Verizon Posts Loss on Pension Charges

The phone company's quarterly revenue rose 7.7 percent, but the costs of pension obligations caused a net loss, Verizon said.

Opening Arguments Set for Perelman Trial

Lawyers representing both Ronald Perelman and Donald Drapkin, his former business partner, were in court this morning to settle some last minute trial disputes and select a jury for the trial, which is expected to last roughly five days.