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Suncorp's NZ business boosts earnings on reduced claims
4 Aug, 1:05pm
Suncorp Group, the ASX listed general and life insurer whose local brands include Vero, AA Insurance and Asteron Life, lifted annual earnings from its New Zealand businesses as the company benefited from fewer claims in the year... More »

House prices rise at fastest pace in 8 years, Auckland up 18.8%: QV
4 Aug, 12:20pm
New Zealand residential property values rose at the fastest pace in eight years in July, driven by the overheated Auckland housing market, and are now about 27 percent above the previous market peak in late 2007, according to state owned agency... More »

ASX listed Carbon Conscious falls foul of NZ foreign investor rules
4 Aug, 11:30am
ASX listed carbon emissions abatement firm Carbon Conscious has fallen foul of the New Zealand Overseas Investment Office for using a New Zealand company to invest in sensitive rural land to speed up its plans to plant trees on the property... More »

NZ banks strong enough to weather downturn, dairy price slump: Moody's
4 Aug, 10:55am
New Zealand's lenders are in a strong enough position to weather slowing economic growth over the next year and a half, while slumping dairy prices aren't expected to pose as big a threat as they did in 2009, says Moody's Investors Service... More »

Tourism Holdings to remain listed, use balance sheet to fund acquisitions
4 Aug, 10:45am
Tourism Holdings, the campervan rental company, will remain listed and says it has the balance sheet strength to take on debt to fund acquisitions... More »

ComCom warns of false billing scam by serial German fraudster
4 Aug, 10:40am
The Commerce Commission is warning small business owners to avoid a postal invoicing scam by a German company operating the Corporate Portal New Zealand website, which has fooled a number of kiwi companies... More »

VMob delays planned ASX listing despite reported sales momentum
4 Aug, 10:20am
VMob, the NZAX listed mobile technology company, says it has delayed a planned listing on the ASX because of on-going commercial negotiations and so management can focus on current sales momentum... More »

NZ new vehicle sales slowing in line with weaker economy
4 Aug, 10:15am
New Zealand vehicle sales are slowing, in line with weaker economic growth, as demand for commercial vehicles declines... More »

Origin agrees to sell Contact stake for $1.8B, ending era of foreign control
4 Aug, 9:55am
Contact Energy will become an independently governed company for the first time since privatisation in 1999 after cornerstone shareholder Origin Energy agreed to sell its 53.1 percent stake to "a broad range of Australian, New Zealand and international eq... More »

Coats sinks into the red in first half on writedown on sale of EMEA crafts business
4 Aug, 9:35am
Coats Group, the company that grew out of diversified investor Guinness Peat Group, turned to a first half loss after a writedown on the sale of its unprofitable EMEA crafts business... More »

Contact Energy in trading halt; Origin exit plan imminent
4 Aug, 9:05am
Contact Energy shares have been placed in a trading halt on the NZX, pending an announcement about its majority shareholder Origin Energy's exit from the company... More »

NZ dollar declines vs. Aussie ahead of RBA decision
4 Aug, 8:50am
The New Zealand dollar declined against the Australian dollar ahead of the Reserve Bank of Australia's decision on interest rates today... More »

While you were sleeping: Oil slump hits shares
4 Aug, 7:55am
Wall Street fell as a slide in oil prices and weak manufacturing data curbed optimism about the outlook for corporate profits... More »

'Precarious' Solid Energy in banks' hands; govt considers options
3 Aug, 5:55pm
Liquidation of state-owned coal company Solid Energy "cannot be ruled out" but is "not the number one preferred option of the government," says Prime Minister John Key, who confirmed the beleaguered company was discussed today at Cabinet as its banking sy... More »

MARKET CLOSE: NZX 50 Index rises to record; MRP, Meridian gain on Tiwai, Trilogy soars
3 Aug, 5:45pm
New Zealand shares rose, pushing the S&P/NZX 50 Index to a record, as MightyRiverPower and Meridian Energy gained on the decision to keep the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter open until at least 2017. Trilogy International soared after forecasting a... More »

TPP can't wait for Canada's October election, says Key
3 Aug, 5:30pm
The conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations needs to occur before the Oct. 19 Canadian federal elections, says Prime Minister John Key, who is tipping the likelihood a further negotiating round "in the next two or three weeks" after last... More »

Blis Technologies boss Richardson resigns after nine years in charge
3 Aug, 5:25pm
Blis Technologies chief executive Barry Richardson will leave the probiotic manufacturer at the end of the current financial year after nine years in charge of the company... More »

NZ dollar little changed as Chinese industrial production slows; US manufacturing data looms
3 Aug, 5:20pm
By Paul McBeth     Aug. 3 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand dollar was little changed as Chinese data showed industrial production slowed more than expected last month, raising fears about... More »

Trilogy forecasts first-half revenue will rise more than 50% to $23 mln; shares soar
3 Aug, 4:55pm
Trilogy International, the skincare products and scented candle maker, said first half revenue is likely to exceed $23 million, a year on year increase of more than 50 percent, following strong growth across all three of its brands... More »

FMA head of enforcement Belinda Moffat to leave in September
3 Aug, 2:35pm
By Paul McBeth     Aug. 3 (BusinessDesk) - Financial Markets Authority head of enforcement Belinda Moffat will leave next month, having wrapped up the market watchdog's investigations... More »

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