Origin hit by solar and efficiency demand drop

Just like AGL, Origin Energy has suffered a 23% decline on earnings per customer in large part due to reduced sales thanks to solar and energy efficiency. But it sees a silver lining for its newly acquired coal power station on the horizon.

How to light a fire under the next generation

A common theme in Asian family businesses is sending the next generation to expand the company abroad. It's a daunting and difficult assignment, but the independence can lead to triumph.

Clarke's running out of time on Treasury Wine

While Treasury Wine's result may not look so encouraging at first glance, there are signs that Michael Clarke’s strategies are gaining traction. His biggest problem now is a lack of time.

Hong Kong's twisted political pathology

There is an edgy aspect to Hong Kong's recent string of protests which is worryingly reminiscent of Thailand.

AGL's tense shift towards energy solutions provider

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After another year of falling demand, the energy giant is wisely moving beyond just volume sales to cover all facets of households' power use. So why'd they buy MacGen?

Andrew Robb: Time to reset the message

Andrew Robb says the Coalition's vision for Australia has been lost amid the budget rhetoric.

We mustn't waste water while taking action on climate

Some activities aimed at tackling greenhouse emissions, such as tree-planting, can consume large amounts of water. In dry Australia, we should be focused on reducing both carbon and water footprints.

Is anyone interested in Windows Phones anymore?

As Android and Apple carve up the smartphone market between them HTC’s decision to release a Windows version of the One M8 phone is unlikely to do Microsoft any favours.

July checks in as 4th warmest on record

Average global temperatures were 0.67 degrees above the 20th century average last month, the US National Climatic Data Center says, while other bodies also reported record levels.

How important is gas to China's energy mix?

Natural gas is a growing portion of China’s total energy demand but even by 2020 its overall contribution is still likely to remain relatively small.

Labor’s NBN bubble has burst

When it comes to Australia's broadband future the opposition has seemingly lost its voice.

Value Investor: The tailwind underpinning Leighton's future

Despite uncertainty surrounding the impact of its new management and restructuring, Leighton is in a prime position to benefit from the expected ramp-up in infrastructure spending.

Turning Big Data into smart data

Big Data has captured our imagination but simply having access to lots of data isn’t going to make an organisation more competitive, nimble and innovative.

How Obama pushed Chinese property investors toward Australia

Chinese property investors are buying up real estate in Australia in droves after Barack Obama made the US less attractive to seek residency.

How Bobbie the bear became a Chinese sensation

When Robert Ravens bought a run-down lavender estate in Tasmania, he never imagined his farm would become a tourism mecca... until an ingenious use for old dried lavender flowers changed everything.

Corporate Australia's family connection

Family businesses can morph into something unexpected regardless of whether they stay in private hands, become a showstopper on the stock exchange or the subject of takeover after takeover.

DataRoom AM: Qantas about-turn

Qantas is expected to shun a partial float of its frequent flyer business, while Glencore keeps a close eye on BHP Billiton’s assets.

Scoreboard: Fed breather

Wall Street lifted on news the Federal Reserve is in no rush to raise interest rates, while European markets ended slightly lower as investors poured through profit results.

Watching the housing market for vital signs

Assessing the health of Australia’s housing market is more complicated than it seems with valuable statistics providing an insight into the direction of the sector.

There's only one cure for the eurozone's terminal disease

Anaemic growth rates in the eurozone are having a deleterious effect on debt levels, making it near impossible for countries to turn their finances around. There is a solution, but it's a politically messy one.