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Media releases - Consumer Business and Transport

See below for all Deloitte Australia news releases related to Consumer Business and Transport. 
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Retail Forecasts May 2014: Meeting the fiscal challenge 16 June 2014 After a torrid few years, retailers have enjoyed much improved trading conditions of late, spurred by low interest rates and a recovery in both house building and housing prices.
Deloitte acquires Vigilant – a market leading cyber security services business 3 June 2013 Vigilant acquisition adds to Deloitte’s world leading security practice, positioning Deloitte as the cyber threat consultancy.
Retail Forecasts, August 2012 - Shopping with a frown 3 September 2012 The retail environment has been a bleak one for a number of years.  Across 2010 and 2011 Australian retailers failed to maintain their level of sales on a real per capita basis.
Inbound visitor outlook remains positive as encouraging signs emerge for domestic tourism 30 August 2012 The longer term outlook for international visitors remains positive, despite the slowdown in growth across many advanced economies continuing to influence travel decisions.
HR organisations need to prioritise people-related risk says Deloitte 6 August 2012 With low-probability events that have a far-reaching global impact (black swan events) on the increase, people-related risk is shaping up to be one of the key trends in Human Resources (HR) according to professional services firm Deloitte. HR functions now need to adjust their own priorities as people risk rises on the corporate agenda.
Pets Paradise group of companies placed into Receivership 31 July 2012 Deloitte Restructuring Services Partners Tim Norman, Sal Algeri and John Greig have been appointed as Receivers and Managers of a number of companies in the Pets Paradise and Billy Baxter's group of companies.
Investment Monitor June 2012 – Resources sector propping up pipeline 30 July 2012 The June 2012 issue of Investment Monitor saw the total value of projects in the database hold steady. The value of projects fell by a modest $694 million, or 0.1%, in the June quarter but has still increased by 10.7% over the past year.
Queensland has its mojo back although it's a patchy recovery for some 19 July 2012 Queensland is on the right side of history and perfectly positioned to sell its resources, tourism and other products into the growth of emerging Asia markets according to Deloitte Access Economics.
Mass adoption of smartphones tipping point for explosion in mobile payments technology says Deloitte 19 July 2012 The explosion of new technology and virtual currencies is changing where, when and how people and business exchange value. Professional Services firm Deloitte launched a report today which investigates the emergence of a new generation of payments solutions using technology to interact and transact with people.
Retail Forecasts, May 2012 – Budget boost 14 June 2012 Australia's retail sector has been struggling since the post-GFC cash handouts faded – the hit to consumer confidence, fears of job losses and a general need to cut back on consumer debt have all cut into the appetite of Australians for a trip to the shops. However, a string of recent developments suggest that the gloom permeating shopping malls may be starting to lift.
The Tablet and TV - a match made in heaven: Deloitte Media Democracy Survey 25 May 2012 Deloitte's State of the Media Democracy survey of more than 2000 Australians across four generations shows that the preferred form of entertainment for 64% of Australians is to watch TV at home. And while they do this, 60% multitask on other electronic devices.
Uncertainty easing for Australian tourism as evolution continues 22 May 2012 Post-GFC uncertainty for Australia's tourism industry continues to ease, but a range of challenges remain, according to Deloitte Access Economics' Tourism & Hotel Outlook for the second quarter of 2012.
Hotel occupancy rates to grow but new property pipeline remains slow 22 May 2012 Australian hotel room occupancy rates will continue to grow over the next three years -- from 65% to 68%, their highest in decades.
Effective leadership can raise company values by 16% 16 May 2012 In a global survey of analysts, Deloitte has found that market perceptions of leaders can move share prices.
CFOs optimism rebounds despite ongoing uncertainty 24 April 2012 Optimism levels amongst Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) improved during the last quarter according to the latest Deloitte CFO Survey. The survey recorded its most positive sentiment readings in a year, with 38% of CFOs saying they were more optimistic about their company's financial prospects than they were three months ago.
Business Outlook March quarter 2012: Mining investment in overdrive reinforces two speed split for Australian economy 24 April 2012 Deloitte Access Economics said today that as Europe's central bank has pushed a trillion euros into financial markets - despite the current worrying news from Spain, European risks have receded slightly – from 'terrifying' to 'quite worrying'.
Government prepaid cards could save Australia nearly $1 billion over next four years 23 April 2012 New economic analysis by Deloitte Access Economics suggests that switching from current payment methods to prepaid cards for select government payments could provide annual benefits in excess of $240 million per year – or nearly $1 billion over a four-year budget cycle – for Australian consumers and governments, a significant amount in tight fiscal times.
Bi-Lateral Employment Initiative will positively impact skills shortages 2 April 2012 Deloitte welcomed today's announcement of a bi-lateral employment initiative to encourage skilled workers from the United States, highlighting the role it will play in meeting Australia's current skills shortages in nominated skilled occupation areas such as engineers, surveyors, tradespeople and construction project managers.
Asia remains the key for Australian tourism 27 February 2012 Significant inbound growth from the emerging economies of India and, in particular, China, and domestic demand stabilising after a prolonged period of decline, have emerged as positives for Australian tourism.
Top global retailers highlighted in Deloitte report 17 February 2012 Australian retail giants, Woolworths and Wesfarmers, have been listed in the world's top 25 retail companies for the second consecutive year, according to the Deloitte Global Powers of Retailing 2012 report released in Australia today.
Retail Forecasts February 2012 - Walking the tightrope 8 February 2012 Retailers are due for a break. The last two years have been lean ones for the retail sector with sales growth of just 1.7% over 2010 and 2011 in real terms (after accounting for inflation). That doesn't even cover population growth over that time (of 3.0%), and is a long way short of expectations of 'normal' retail sales growth.
Investment Monitor December 2011: The Brisbane Line 1 February 2012 Australia's investment agenda continues to grow. The December 2011 issue of Investment Monitor sees a further gain in the value of projects recorded of $18.7 billion, or 2.1%.
Deloitte analysis of the top technology trends for 2012 24 January 2012 National Australia TMT leader Damien Tampling launched the Deloitte global Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) report for the technology sector in 2012, which predicts overall demand for consumer technology will defy the economic headwinds of 2012.
Deloitte analysis of the top global telecommunications trends for 2012 24 January 2012 National Australia TMT leader Damien Tampling launched the Deloitte global Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) report for the telecommunications sector in 2012, which predicts the $100 "smartphone" reaches its first half billion.
Deloitte analysis of the top media trends for 2012 24 January 2012 Launching the Deloitte global Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions for the media sector in 2012, National TMT leader Damien Tampling forecast that despite the schedule being condemned by many over the past decade in favour of the rise of more 'On Demand' viewing it does and for some time still will, dominate.
Deloitte Access Economics Business Outlook, December 2011: Eurogeddon? 23 January 2012 Deloitte Access Economics said today that Europe remained the key to global growth in 2012, but its mismanaged crisis means the euro could falter and banks could go bust, sending shockwaves around the world.
Where is your next worker? – Deloitte urges business to act on looming skill shortage 2 November 2011 Professional services firm Deloitte today launched a major discussion paper - Where is your next worker? - urging Australian businesses and government to act now to get ahead of the looming skill shortage.
China delivers record outbound M&A results 19 October 2011 Outbound merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in China reached record-breaking levels in 2010 with a total deal value of US$62 billion (up 157 % on the previous year), according to the latest report from professional services firm Deloitte, "Borderless, boundless: 2011 Greater China outbound M&A spotlight."
Administrators secure purchaser for Brown Sugar 30 September 2011 The Administrators of fashion chain Brown Sugar today announce that they have secured a buyer for the Brown Sugar business, with settlement expected to take effect from close of business today.
Retail Forecasts August 2011 - Retail waiting to be rescued 13 September 2011 2010 -11 proved to be a disastrous year for retail. The year saw real retail sales grow by just 1.3%, the worst result for 20 years. Income growth was solid enough through the year, though suffered a major setback from last summer's floods and cyclone.
Retail Forecasts May 2011 - Saving becomes a habit 8 June 2011 The release of Deloitte Access Economics' Retail Forecasts for May 2011 shows that after stumbling their way through much of 2010, retailers have encountered some further headwinds at the start of 2011.
Deloitte sets its sights on growth 27 May 2011 Deloitte Australia announced today it will promote 46 new partners effective 1 July 2011. Coupled with the 29 partners added during the year through acquisition, and a further 27 experienced lateral hires, there will be 102 new Deloitte partners by 1 July - an increase of almost 25% on the previous year.
Changes to FBT hit both employers and employees 11 May 2011 The Federal Treasurer confirmed changes to the FBT legislation as it impacts the provision of cars by employers to employees.
Flooding rains to lengthen retail drought 9 March 2011 The latest retail data confirms that Christmas 2010 was a poor one for retailers, failing to give the sector the spark it was desperately hoping for. Retail sales continue to grow at a sub-trend pace with consumers cautious about their spending.
Deloitte reveals the World's top retailers 19 January 2011 Australian retail giants, Woolworths and Wesfarmers, are now listed in the world's top 25 retail companies, according to the Deloitte Global Powers of Retailing 2011 report.
Receivers and Managers appointed to Finesse Foods 8 November 2010 Following the appointment of voluntary administrators by the Directors of two companies representing the Finesse Foods brand, Dermott McVeigh and Gary Doran from Deloitte have been appointed as joint and several Receivers and Managers.
RACV acquires Noosa Sanctuary Resort 3 November 2010 Deloitte partners John Greig, Chris Campbell and Nicholas Harwood are pleased to announce the successful sale of the Noosa Sanctuary five-star resort and residential complex.
Cyber crime is alive and thriving 8 September 2010 Professional services firm Deloitte has warned that successful organisations that are experiencing very fast growth may be at increased risk of cyber crime.
Voluntary Administrators appointed to Ed Hardy 11 August 2010 Deloitte partners, Simon Wallace-Smith and Tim Norman, were last Monday appointed as voluntary administrators of retailer Ed Hardy Operations Pty Ltd and Ed Hardy Pty Ltd (Ed Hardy).
Mid-market businesses feel impact of GFC 27 July 2010 The fourth Deloitte Black Ink® Member survey, conducted in June 2010, confirms that the ongoing effect of the global downturn and reduced access to credit and funding continues to be felt by Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Liquidators sell Vision Site 27 July 2010 The Joint Liquidators of Vision (Brisbane) Pty Limited (In Liquidation) have announced that they have exchanged contracts for the sale of the Vision Site located in the Brisbane CBD.
Australia among countries leading global hotel rebound 26 July 2010 The Australian hotel industry has rebounded strongly from the global financial crisis having recorded one of the highest percentages of occupancy globally.
CFO optimism dented by sovereign risk and the increased cost of credit 26 July 2010 Global sovereign risk has been highlighted as a key concern in the latest Deloitte Quarterly CFO survey with a majority (88%) of the participating Chief Financial Officers (CFOs).
Skills shortages loom large as a risk to growth 9 July 2010 According to a new Australian Industry Group/ Deloitte CEO survey, skills shortages are again looming large as a major risk for business and pose real problems for companies in terms of production and service delivery.
Deloitte Digital opens up a direct line to government 7 July 2010 Online professional services specialist, Deloitte Digital has launched an online reporting system that simplifies the way that businesses submit information.
ACT businesses awarded for success by Canberra BusinessPoint 25 June 2010 The 2010 Canberra BusinessPoint winners were recognised at the third annual Canberra BusinessPoint Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony at Ten Richmond Avenue, Fairbairn, Canberra.
GST margin scheme changes no guarantee of simplicity 11 May 2010 Deloitte Indirect Taxes partner, John Koutsogiannis, has acknowledged the Federal Government's efforts in seeking to clarify the operation of the GST margin scheme, while highlighting that he believes the measures may not go far enough.
Tax concessions delayed for small business 11 May 2010 SMEs will be disappointed that the Federal Budget has not provided assistance for small business despite a number of measures being foreshadowed in the recent Henry Review, according to Deloitte Tax Partner, David Pring.
Businesses able to reduce costs of raising funds by claiming additional GST 11 May 2010 Deloitte has welcomed the Federal Government's budget measure to increase the financial acquisition threshold (FAT) from $50,000 to $150,000 allowing many additional businesses to recover GST that would otherwise have been lost.
Super increase still inadequate according to Deloitte survey 2 May 2010 The superannuation guarantee contribution rate increase to 12% by 2020 will be inadequate to support Australians in retirement, according to a Deloitte survey of the Australian financial services industry.
Response to Henry Tax Review benefits small business, says Deloitte 2 May 2010 The Federal Government has announced today that SMEs will benefit from a lower corporate tax rate of 28% and an immediate tax deduction for assets costing less than $5,000. Both measures will commence from 1 July 2012. .
Two percent company rate cut will do little to improve Australian competitiveness, says Deloitte 2 May 2010 The underwhelming announcement of a 2% reduction in the company tax rate over two years from 2013 will do little to attract foreign investment into Australia, according to Deloitte International Tax Partner, Peter Madden.
Monumental changes proposed to fringe benefits tax, according to Deloitte 1 May 2010 Professional services firm, Deloitte, has warned employers and employees to expect a monumental change to fringe benefit tax (FBT) reporting if the Henry recommendations are implemented by the Federal Government.
Male leaders build momentum for women in business 18 April 2010 A new leadership group of male CEOs and Chairmen including Deloitte CEO Giam Swiegers, from a diverse set of Australian companies, has been formed to elevate the issue of women's representation in the corporate sector on the national business agenda.
Receivers appointed to operators of York Fairmont Resort, Blue Mountains 1 March 2010 Deloitte partners David Lombe and Simon Cathro have been appointed as Receivers and Managers of Brighten Pty Ltd, the operators of York Fairmont Resort, Blue Mountains.
FBT compliance process more complex this year, says Deloitte 25 February 2010 The fringe benefits tax (FBT) compliance process will be significantly more complex this year for employers who have short-term expatriate employees working overseas.
Cash still rules the roost 18 February 2010 Deloitte Private has warned its clients that the economic climate is still tough and businesses need to be prepared to carefully manage their cash flow if they are to successfully manage out of volatile times.
Australian CFOs geared for growth: but not at any cost 17 February 2010 The second quarterly Chief Financial Officer (CFO) survey from professional services firm Deloitte shows that the trend of releasing new equity peaked late last year and is now on the decline.
Aged productivity key to balancing the 'Big Issues' 3 February 2010 Professional services firm Deloitte has urged the government to continue to remove barriers to workforce participation for mature aged people.
Sale of BabyCo saves 45 jobs and brand 19 January 2010 Six stores, 45 jobs and a well known Australian retail brand have been preserved as a result of yesterday's sale of the BabyCo Group by Liquidators, Deloitte partners Tim Norman, Simon Cathro and Sal Algeri.
Two Australian companies in world's top 30 retailers 12 January 2010 Australian retail giants, Woolworths and Wesfarmers, are listed in the world's top 30 retail companies, according to the Deloitte Global Powers of Retailing 2010 report released today.

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