Investors have welcomed today's news that Wesfarmers plans to spin-off supermarket giant Coles and create a separately listed business that would rank among the 30 biggest on the Australian stock market.
A number of local mining companies have moved up the stock market rankings, with contractor Ausdrill included in the S&P ASX 200 index, while South32 has been admitted into the top 20 as part of the market’s quarterly rebalance.
Woolworths’ liquor arm has resigned from the Liquor Stores Association of Western Australia, following the association's support for state government plans to restrict the growth of large liquor stores, such as Dan Murphy's and First Choice.
Shares in chocolate retailer Yowie Group dropped 21 per cent today after the company announced sales in the United States so far this quarter have been well down on expectations thanks to growing competition.
The competition watchdog has had its first major win enforcing a new franchising code of conduct, with the Federal Court today fining Pastacup franchisor Morild and co-founder Stuart Bernstein $150,000 for a failure to disclose he had been a director of two insolvent entities.
Western Australian retailers have a positive view of business conditions in the year ahead, according to a recent survey by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, with one third expecting an improved market in the 2018 financial year.