Australia’s retail turnover has slumped by 0.4 per cent in March, according to the latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

ASX 300 companies have posted stronger resilience than the broad economy in the first quarter of the year, with Finance, Business and Property all posting particularly stronger gains according to the NAB’s ASX 300 Quarterly Business Survey.

The Federal Government’s preoccupation with delivering a balanced Budget is ringing hollow with the country’s businesses, who increasingly want a renewed focus on productivity and competitiveness according to a new survey published by the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group).

ANZ has posted $2.9 billion in profit for the half year, representing a very health 7 per cent increase over the previous half.

The Commonwealth Bank has launched the 2013 Teach Awards aimed at celebrating the nation’s pedagogues who inspire kids to improve their financial responsibility.

HSBC Australia’s Chairman, Graham Bradley, has delivered publically called for Australian companies to do more in ensuring women have opportunities to occupy top jobs in Australia.

A cooling off of the resources boom, growing uncertainty and a weaker consumer spending rate have all failed to make a dent in Queensland’s Business Confidence, according to the new Westpac/CCIQ Survey of Business Conditions.

A weakening in business-related services has driven a significant fall in the national services sector, according to the latest Australian Industry Group/Commonwealth Bank (Ai Group) Australian Performance of Services Index (PSI).

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