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MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares down, Fletcher and Sky TV drop on earnings, Tower gains on rival bid
22 Feb, 5:35pm
New Zealand shares dropped, dragged lower after Fletcher Building's first half earnings disappointed, with A2 Milk Co and Sky Network Television also falling.  ... More »

NZ dollar holds gains as investors keep watch on the Fed
22 Feb, 5:20pm
 The New Zealand dollar held on to earlier gains as markets await minutes from the US Federal Reserve's latest meeting and several more speeches from from Fed officials for a steer on where US interest rates may be heading... More »

UPDATE2: Fletcher shares drop after 1H results show weak construction earnings
22 Feb, 5:20pm
(Adds CEO comment on construction contract loss, work in hand starting in sixth paragraph) By Jonathan Underhill Feb. 22 (BusinessDesk) - Fletcher Building shares fell after the company posted a 2 percent gain in first-half profit that included unexp... More »

UPDATE: Spark, 2Degrees granted stay on merger decision for Sky, Vodafone
22 Feb, 5:08pm
(Clarifies timeframe in fourth paragraph) Spark New Zealand and 2Degrees have been granted a stay on the proposed merger between rival Vodafone New... More »

Air NZ joins govt's cross-agency panel for air travel
22 Feb, 4:30pm
Air New Zealand has joined the panel of carriers providing air services in the government's cross-agency contract designed to get the best deal for the taxpayer... More »

Spark, 2Degrees granted stay on merger decision for Sky, Vodafone'
22 Feb, 3:50pm
Spark New Zealand and 2Degrees have been granted a stay on the proposed merger between rival Vodafone New Zealand and pay-TV operator Sky Network Television to consider their legal options... More »

Living Cell Technologies reports wider 1H loss
22 Feb, 3:05pm
Living Cell Technologies, the ASX-listed biotech company with New Zealand-based operations, reported a wider loss in the six months to Dec31 on increased research and development... More »

Coca Cola Amatil's NZ business boosts earnings in 2016 on higher volumes
22 Feb, 3:05pm
Coca-Cola Amatil's New Zealand business generated bigger annual earnings in 2016 as the local bottler of Coke-branded drinks ramped up sales  volumes with skinnier margins as part of a strategy launched three years ago... More »

A2 CEO, chair sell down holdings following strong first-half earnings
22 Feb, 2:00pm
A2 Milk Co's chief executive and chair have sold down their stakes in the milk marketing firm, less than a week after reporting first-half profit more than tripled as demand for its A2 Platinum infant formula surged in its key Australia, New Zealand... More »

TVNZ posts 6.2% decline in first-half earnings as ad revenue falls faster than expenses
22 Feb, 1:50pm
Television New Zealand posted a 6.2 percent decline in first-half earnings as advertising revenue fell faster than operating costs, which the state-owned broadcaster said was a creditable performance in a declining TV market... More »

A rising tide of protectionism could hit NZ dairy sector hard: NZIER
22 Feb, 1:10pm
New Zealand's economy would be hard hit if there is a retreat to protectionism in the global dairy sector, a report from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research has found... More »

Vocus NZ earnings soar with CallPlus acquisition, targets power bundle for growth
22 Feb, 12:55pm
Vocus Communications' New Zealand earnings soared in the latter half of 2016 as the ASX-listed telecommunications company benefited from the addition of CallPlus when it merged with M2 Group... More »

IAG's NZ profit rises in 1H, warns $117M Kaikoura quake cost puts acid on risk pricing
22 Feb, 12:40pm
insurance Australia Group's New Zealand division boosted first-half earnings although the local business is still wearing the impact of pricier reinsurance, with the Kaikoura earthquakes costing it $117 million... More »

Countdown 1H earnings fall as loyalty, quake costs mount
22 Feb, 12:30pm
The Countdown supermarket chain posted a 4.5 percent drop in first-half earnings due to a strategy of investing in team hours, costs of a new loyalty alliance with AA Smartfuel and uninsured losses related to the November earthquake... More »

UPDATE: Fletcher shares drop after first-half results show weak construction earnings
22 Feb, 11:35am
(Recasts to add share price drop, investor comment, divisional details) Fletcher Building shares fell after the company posted a 2 percent gain in first-half profit that included unexpectedly weak earnings from its construction division... More »

Fairfax NZ's 1H revenues and earnings down as advertising revenue falls
22 Feb, 11:30am
Sydney-based publisher Fairfax Media says its New Zealand unit's revenue and earnings fell in the first half on the back of ongoing weakness in print advertising revenue... More »

UPDATE: Ebos boosts first-half profit 7.2%, raises annual earnings outlook
22 Feb, 11:30am
Ebos Group's recent acquisitions helped the pharmaceutical and animal health products maker lift first-half profit 7.2 percent and fatten its dividend to shareholders, while also bolstering the outlook for annual earnings... More »

Offshore income closing on 10% of Meridian's total, Trump helps smelter
22 Feb, 11:10am
Meridian Energy's revenues from offshore activities are closing in on 10 percent of total income... More »

Rakon director Peter Maire resigns, new directors to be appointed soon
22 Feb, 10:45am
Rakon director Peter Maire has resigned after 16 years at the company, with the board expecting to appoint new directors in the next few weeks... More »

FIRST CUT: Sky TV 1H profit falls 32% as programme costs rise, subscribers fall
22 Feb, 9:30am
Sky Network Television, which is awaiting a decision from the Commerce Commission on a proposed merger with Vodafone New Zealand, posted a 32 percent drop in first-half profit as content costs increased, and revenue and subscriber numbers fell... More »

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