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Tim Treadgold

Perth commentator Tim Treadgold is one of the state's highest-profile business journalists. He brings decades of experience to Business News, offering readers sharp and insightful analysis of current events and breaking news.

Retail ructions amid slowing sales

Opinion: Retailers face ongoing challenges, as sluggish sales square off with pay problems and online competition.

Currency crises counted in dollars and sense

For every winner there’s a loser, and so it will be the case if the $A continues its downward trajectory.

Can’t beat ’em, so join ’em

Opinion: A giant US retailer has embraced online sales and boosted its profit.

Back to basics for banks

Investors seem unconcerned by the fallout from the banking royal commission, with banks’ shares rising despite the flood of bad news.

Energy policy a power failure

Opinion: WA’s interest and those of other states are poorly aligned in terms of national energy policy, and the same is increasingly the case given US trade tensions with China.

Trade war looms as tipping point

The trade war between the world’s two biggest economies is the latest sign of potential economic trouble just over the horizon.

Tourism isn’t rocket science

Opinion: A more creative approach is required if the state’s weak spots on tourism are to be overcome.

Revival time or dead cat bounce?

One of the nation’s most respected economists reckons the tide may have turned for the WA economy, but falling metals prices and a global trade war could render that view obsolete.

Optimism as markets move

There may be some positive news for two beleaguered WA mining projects.

No sugar coating oil shock pain

Politics and the market have collided in terms of oil supply and demand, with speculation the world might be in for an oil shock not seen for decades.

Disruption, coming to a business near you

Opinion: Businesses that fail to change when the market demands are playing with fire.

Making friends with machines

While cost savings are one reason for greater automation in workplaces, ever-improving robotic capabilities are hastening the uptake in a range of industries.

Electric cars struggle to get pedal to the metal

Analysis: Rising supplies of battery metals, and sluggish demand for electric vehicles worldwide, are challenging local players in the sector.

Access issues to the fore amid Hedland shipping squeeze

Iron ore exporters are jostling for position as on-water traffic grows at Port Hedland.

Nickel could steal lithium’s thunder

Growing demand for nickel in steelmaking and battery production is positive news for WA, and the Kalgoorlie region in particular.

What’s in the box, Rob?

Opinion: Investors are awaiting clues as to Wesfarmers’ next moves, as it exits the British hardware business and plans a spin-off of Coles.

Oil dependency a slippery slope

Rising oil prices will affect behavior and the cost of living across all sectors of society and industry.

Concerns for local lithium if Musk’s Tesla tanks

Recent comments by Tesla’s Elon Musk, and his company’s price dive immediately after, will be of interest to the state’s lithium miners.

Oil price rise rouses small players from their slumber

A bump in the oil price has reinvigorated the fortunes of several small oil and gas explorers in WA.

Bigger better no more

Opinion: The current banking royal commission and global shift to downsizing are raising questions as to whether any institution or business is too big to fail, or at least be broken up.

Changes coming, you can take that to the bank

The banking royal commission’s exposure of shady practices will no doubt lead to calls for change, but perfect solutions are hard to find.

Digital drive gives power to the people

Keeping pace with the changing demands of a digital marketplace is a challenge for many in business.

Gains to be had as sanctions bite

Some aspects of targeted sanctions on Russia are proving beneficial for commodity producers in WA.

Facebook fail a costly lesson

Social media companies are feeling the heat over the mishandling of users’ data.

Bringing Wesfarmers back to health

Wesfarmers could find the healthcare sector offers more appeal than retail, as US giant Walmart makes its own moves in that direction.

Data driving change to used car sector

The arrival in Australia of a US-based website could give used-car buyers more power per transaction.

Retail sector feeling the heat

Analysis: The franchising model could become the latest victim of the pressure being heaped on the retail sector.

WA a loser from Trump tariffs

The state, which is not a big steel exporter but produces some of the key raw materials, could suffer collateral damage in a full trade war.

Wheatbelt may grow new golden crop

Investors are warming to the concept of gold mining in the Wheatbelt, with share prices of three active players moving higher in recent weeks.

Sales bounce back after Cat nap

A couple of good years for Kerry Stokes and his Seven Group could be an indicator of the WA economy’s return to health.

Could it be cocktail hour in Kal?

International investors are rotating their funds into commodities such as industrial metals, which could be good news for WA, and Kalgoorlie in particular.

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Window opens for lithium hopefuls

ANALYSIS: Worldwide demand for lithium is rising and more than 20 companies in WA are on board for the ride.

All good things must eventually come to an end

A number of asset classes are facing the likelihood of a bust this year, with WA watchers’ eyes trained on the lithium sector.

WA lithium gets jump on rivals

ANALYSIS: A forecast global surge into electric cars and buyers’ growing preference for the state’s hard rock lithium ore is putting a rocket into the sector.

New model shake-up for online used car sales

The second-hand car business was revolutionised 20 years ago with the arrival of the internet, but there is a second revolution under way that promises to be even more disruptive and could have a significant effect on some of Western Australia’s best-known car yards.

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Doubts over Qantas flight plan

OPINION: As promising as it sounds, the prospect of non-stop flights from Perth to London might not be the success some people seem to believe.

Analysis: The e-tail retail divide

If anyone didn't already know that the internet is a powerful tool for retailing they do now thanks to Australia's best ever example of how to shoot yourself in the foot.

Wine a contender for worst industry

Margaret River grape growers might hate the idea of a coal mine in their backyard, but unless the outlook for Australian wine improves they might have to change their minds.

Analysis: Bunnings' market strategy

Price fixing is illegal. What about product pegging? If you haven't heard that expression before, get used to it because it is about to revolutionise Australian retailing.