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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.

Political edge to BHP break-up play

OPINION: Corporate events such as takeovers and break-up proposals do not always have a political edge to them, but when they involve BHP Billiton, once Australia's biggest company, politics are not far away (and neither is Western Australia).

Iluka set for stability after years of shifting sands

ANALYSIS: Several factors are combining to reshape the future options for titanium minerals and zircon miner Iluka Resources.

Price peak masks more benign reality

OPINION: Despite a spike in iron ore prices, it will be the bigger, low-cost producers that rule the roost in the near to medium term.

New arrivals to open up ancient ore body

ANALYSIS: Technology is exposing the resource-rich but isolated Yamarna region.

Myer move a portent of retail change

You don't have to be a retailing expert to sense the sea change under way in shopping, but what you might not appreciate is that the first shots have been fired in what could become one of the great Australian retail mergers, with Myer and David Jones becoming one business.

Hard-nosed realities of the hardware business

OPINION: Wesfarmers has received some positive news on its move into UK hardware, but things are less rosy for investors in the local property trust in which it holds a major stake.

Austal more than just a blip on US defence-spend radar

ANALYSIS: It seems like a case of right place, right time for shipbuilder Austal, although it has been a success many years in the making.

Stokes rides renewed yellow goods surge

OPINION: Western Australia has a new billionaire, or to be completely accurate, it has an old billionaire who has made another billion dollars over the past 12 months without anyone really noticing.

Supermarket giants squeezed from both sides

OPINION: Supersized big-box retail is throwing down the gauntlet to the established order in Australia.

Failure to cut costs means government is waiting for business

ANALYSIS: Any improvement in the state's budget position is entirely dependent on the corporate sector returning to full health.

Pressure to build on iron ore

OPINION: Whoever wins Saturday's election must know that state debt is too high.

Local diamonds not cutting it

The small diamonds produced in WA are falling out of favour with buyers, leading to questions about the industry's future.

Foreign players cement their footprint

OPINION: Everyone exposed to the Australian retail industry knows how tough conditions are, but what they might not fully understand is the extent to which a once-local industry is being blasted out of business by international competition.

Retail sales sprint may have a surprise winner

OPINION: Despite some widely publicised problems in the past year, Woolworths is emerging stronger in the supermarket face-off with major rival, Coles. 

Once all at sea, Atlas heads for new horizon

ANALYSIS: Atlas Iron has emerged a leaner, better-financed company just a year after its near-death experience.

Metals lift on uncertainty

OPINION: Kalgoorlie has had a few wild rides over the years thanks to its reliance on two metals that can lurch from one extreme to another in a matter for days. Right now, it appears, the stars are aligning for gold and nickel.

Profit statements to give Grylls a free kick

OPINION: Expect Brendon Grylls to go hard at BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto over his tax plan ahead of the March state election.

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.

Politics drowns out effective water policy

ANALYSIS: Politics is getting in the way of timely and cost-efficient delivery of much-needed major projects.

Setting foundations for growth

OPINION: The effects of recent positive export numbers on WA's trade-exposed economy could be a positive for the year ahead.

Customers control the retail relationship

ANALYSIS: The popularity of online shopping in the US has reached a tipping point, breaking bricks and mortar retailers' hold on the market.

Trade game is changing

OPINION: One month of data and a forecast for strong annual growth in exports is not a trend, but a careful analysis of Australia's latest trade figures appears to confirm that an economic recovery is under way - and that could mean that the currency might be next to move up.

It’s shopping, but not as you know it

No sooner have retailers modified their business model to deal with a new technology than along comes a fresh challenge to the sector.

AI hits its inflection point

ANALYSIS: The widespread uptake of artificial intelligence is going to be a game changer across a range of industries.

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.

Trump two-faced for WA’s basket of exhaustibles

Kalgoorlie's gold and nickel sectors could benefit if Donald Trump follows through with some of his plans.

Data deluge as fintech wave builds

ANALYSIS: Fintech is here and is going to grow quickly, so businesses need to get up to speed.

Victims of their own success

For evidence that success can sometimes damage a business we need look no further than the political games playing out ahead of next year's state election, with the very real chance Western Australia's biggest iron ore miners will be hit by a $5 per tonne penalty tax because they're too successful.

Stepping back into an uncertain future

Governments of all hues have failed to address the yawning gap between the ruling class and the less privileged.

Distance cuts both ways for WA gas

ANALYSIS: Vienna is a long way from Perth, but what might happen there on November 30 could have a profound effect on the Western Australian economy.

No super-cycle but iron ore profits a positive spin

ANALYSIS: Green shoots are popping up in WA as improved conditions for iron ore and gold, and strong prospects for the upcoming crop harvest, offer sources for optimism.

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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.

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.

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.

Worst is behind iron ore plays

ANALYSIS: Rubbery figures and projections aside, WA's iron ore miners are breathing a little easier thanks to improving prices and a favourable exchange rate.

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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.