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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.

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.

Banks, brokers get a taste for WA wine

If WA’s wine industry isn’t exactly booming today, it could be a different story soon.

Wesfarmers strikes out on Homebase

ANALYSIS: Investors are taking note of Wesfarmers’ fraught foray into the UK hardware market.

The computer made me do it

The rise of robo investment advice will prompt those with long memories to recall what happened last time computer algorithms were used to manage investments.

Restaurants buckle up to face fast-moving challenge

Dark kitchens and online aggregators are not terms most people associate with a restaurant, but the invasion of the internet into the catering industry is bringing radical change – and not everyone will be happy.

Dealing with the China challenge

The political fallout from China’s increasing assertiveness in the region, and the Communist government’s role in business, will pose threats and challenges for WA.

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.

Getting to grips with Amazon in the retail jungle

It may still be early days, but Amazon’s arrival in Australia has yet to damage the numbers for some high-profile traditional retailers.

Cryptocurrency boom to lose its lustre

Bitcoin may be enjoying a golden run at the moment, but established economists are dismissive of its value.

Survey raises doubts on Airbnb’s future growth

Safety and privacy concerns are top of mind for many of those surveyed by Morgan Stanley on the global accommodation provider.

Miners to clean up with pellet premium

The Chinese government's environmental crackdown could provide a boost for the beleagured Sino Iron project, notwithstanding a recent adverse court ruling.

Quality is king as China cleans up

China's great environmental clean-up is starting to produce knock-on effects in Western Australia, with none more interesting than the ‘quality clash’ in the iron ore sector.

Equus gas deal could spark pipeline option

Even those with only a passing interest in the resources sector would recognise there’s something unusual about an iron ore miner talking up a natural gas project and an oilman talking it down.

Minerals mismatch a super opportunity

Cuts to Chinese production and inaction by some big mining companies could present an opportunity for WA resources players.

Resources renaissance in the regions

OPINION: Lithium and gold are among the minerals proving there’s life for resources outside the north-west.

Found, a can at the end of the road

OPINION: With one eye on re-election and afraid of making tough calls, politicians have ignored a number of crises that will profoundly affect their constituents.

No way to rebottle the retail genie

ANALYSIS: New retail arrivals continue to pile pressure on established operators, with Wesfarmers feeling the pain on several fronts.

Lowe and behold, rates pain on the way

OPINION: With a touch of irony, the central bank governor fires a warning shot in mortgage-stressed WA that rates will rise.

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.

Budget view lags private optimism

OPINION: The government’s budgetary outlook is in stark contrast to the prevailing trend on the Business News BN30 stock market index.

Liar loans symptomatic of poor home loan practices

ANALYSIS: If a full-blown mortgage crisis were to hit Australia, it will have been brought about by mismanagement at all stages of the home-loan process.

Playing catch-up not a winning strategy

OPINION: As technology increasingly cuts out the middleman, the WA government’s investment in facilities at Perth Airport may have short-lived benefits.

Atlas grinds its way through the gears

ANALYSIS: Recent numbers from iron ore miner Atlas Iron suggest it may be moving from survival mode to revival.

Energy crisis a master class in mismanagement

OPINION: The failure of Australia’s energy policy has led to the ludicrous situation where Victoria is considering importing gas from the nation’s overseas competitors.

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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.