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Does discounting pay?

For small business, the pressure of generating sales never stops. Big business is increasingly dominating all aspects of the market and small business operators are being compelled to compete as best they can.

Pessimists are disappointed

Twelve months ago we expected the world and Australian economies to display the following characteristics:

Interest rates to stay put: McFarlane

THE Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia Ian McFarlane has been at pains to point out that he does not envisage any movement upward in either the inflation rate or interest rates.

Children need to learn investment lessons

It is a travesty that we spend time educating our children to undertake mathematical tasks and to read and write well but teach them nothing about money.

Gull comes home to roost

THE first winner of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s Gull Awards – tales of the truly gullible, has been announced.

Deregulation bedevils the legal profession

DEREGULATION looms as a major threat to the legal profession, says Law Society of WA president John Ley.

Concerns over tribunal loss

MOVES to abolish the Town Planning Appeals Tribunal has the legal fraternity concerned.

GST tracking sheet system helps to negotiate traps

OVERCOMING GST-posed problems has been made easier by A1 Advanced Office Systems systems development consultant Jenny John.

BOC gears up to move

A SUBIACO business is leaving its home of 71 years for a new greenfields site in Canning-vale Industrial Park.

Moorings stage may not sell publicly

Site clearance, to make way for the Moorings, the Lester Groups riverside development in North Fremantle, has commenced amid speculation that the $16 million first stage of the project may never be offered to the public.

Market remains strong

OF ALL the sectors in the property market, the industrial market continues to record strong performances according to a monthly review of the property market by Herron Todd White.

Perth retail space supply booms

Perth is currently undergoing one of the strongest increases in supply of retail space on record according to research by Colliers Jardine.

Parking policy a revenue raiser

After some eighteen months of discussions, submission and surveys the Depart-ment of Transport, under the guise of its Perth Parking Policy, has achieved its objective of finding yet another method to raise revenue, this time by taxing private tenant park

Westfield opens stage two

Westfield Carousel recently opened stage two of its $200 million redevelopment almost five months ahead of schedule.

WA approvals down

The trend for private sector housing building approvals in WA has fallen for the first time in seven months, new figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics for the month of April show.

Centre sold

Bullcreek Shopping Cen-tre, owned by the Government Employees Superannuation Board has been sold by tender for $51 million to Schroders Property fund, keeping ownership in Australian hands.

EPRA to auction nine new lots in July

ANOTHER nine homesites in the East Perth Redevelopment Authority area are to go to auction on 24 July.

Region draws the dollars

The drawbridge is no longer raised as a barrier to investment in the South West.

Enterprising police plan to go statewide

A BUNBURY District Police plan to reduce crime against local businesses and improve information flow between business and police is to become a statewide program.

Margaret River bids forinternational conference

MOVES are underway to stage the first International Wine Tourism Confer-ence and Expo in Margaret River in 2001.

Chocolatier tempts sweet-toothed

THE South West’s latest tourist attraction, The Margaret River Chocolate Company, is now open for business.

Regional chambers need to stay proactive

Regional areas throughout Australia regularly face challenges not always fully understood by those who live and work in major metropolitan centres.

Work to start on $1 million facility

ARCHITECTURAL design for a $1 million-plus tourism and community fac-ility in Northcliffe will commence soon.

Sanctuary from the city opens

A new four-star accommodation property situated eight minutes from the centre of Bunbury opened on1 July.

Nationals feel forest fury in wake of RFA

REPRESENTATIVES of the shires of Bridgetown/Greenbushes, Manjimup and Nannup claim the National Party is “betraying” the communities they represent.

Asian crisis proves to be a minor hurdle

BRADYS Building Products is a Western Australian owned and operated company founded in 1919 in Perth by Harry Brady.

Computer cleaning cuts costs

CLEANING computers regularly can improve their resale value, reduce maintenance costs and keep employees healthy, says Mobile Computer Cleaners franchisee Graham Bathols.

Automotive Chamber drives training first

AUSTRALIA’S first hands-on management training program for franchised new motor vehicle dealers and their staff has been launched by the Chamber of Automotive Industries of WA.

WA still confident

WA’S small business sector is still leading the nation in its confidence about the next twelve months, the latest Small Business Index has found.