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Power companies face ban on
21 Oct, 4:10pm
Power companies face a ban on so-called "save" calls, where they ring a customer departing for a rival and try to entice them back with a better offer, to the dismay of large electricity retailers... More »

Cavalier and NZ Wool Services to merge wool scouring businesses
21 Oct, 4:05pm
Cavalier Wool Holdings and New Zealand Wool Services International will merge their two wool scouring operations, handing Melbourne-based Lempriere the biggest stake in the new business... More »

Hellaby expects to complete at least one acquisition this year
21 Oct, 3:15pm
Hellaby Holdings, the diversified investment company, expects to proceed with at least one acquisition this financial year as it looks to further broaden its portfolio... More »

Airwork sees annual profit growth of 48%, expects 1H to beat prospectus
21 Oct, 2:50pm
Airwork Holdings, the aviation service firm which listed on the stock exchange last December, expects to lift annual profit 48 percent in the current year, with first-half earnings tipped to beat its offer document forecast as its helicopter engineering u... More »

Fletcher Building ups earnings through trebling house builds, trialling social housing
21 Oct, 2:15pm
Fletcher Building, New Zealand's biggest company, is forecasting an upturn in earnings as it moves to triple the pace of home building in New Zealand and pilots a social housing project with government in Christchurch... More »

Fletcher aims to triple pace of home building in NZ as demand grows, Adamson says
21 Oct, 1:10pm
Fletcher Building wants to triple the pace of home building in New Zealand to capitalise on strong demand for housing, particularly in Auckland and Christchurch, the construction and building materials company told shareholders at their ann... More »

NZ, South Korea free-trade agreement looks imminent
21 Oct, 12:10pm
A long-awaited free trade agreement between New Zealand and South Korea appears close to being inked following talks in Seoul last week... More »

ASX-listed Empired buys Intergen for A$17.4 mln in cash and shares
21 Oct, 11:30am
ASX-listed IT firm Empired has bought local IT firm Intergen for A$17.4 million in cash and shares to build the biggest trans-Tasman Microsoft services provider... More »

Fletcher Building sees FY earnings $650M-$690M on second-half rebound
21 Oct, 11:30am
Fletcher Building, the biggest company on the NZX 50 Index, is forecasting a gain in full-year operating earnings of as much as 11 percent, driven by anticipated recovery in the second half... More »

NZ net migration rises to annual record in September on increased numbers from India, Australia
21 Oct, 11:00am
New Zealand's annual net migration rose to a record in September, beating government forecasts, as the inflow was spurred by student arrivals from India and Kiwis returning home from Australia... More »

Horizon's Aquaheat to buy Hawkins Refrigeration to build national business
21 Oct, 10:50am
Aquaheat New Zealand, a unit of Horizon Energy Distribution, is to buy Christchurch-based Hawkins Refrigeration to expand its national reach, retaining existing owners and managers to run the business... More »

PGG Wrightson looks to beat operating earnings in 2015
21 Oct, 10:40am
PGG Wrightson, the rural services firm controlled by China's Agria Corp, expects to shrug off falling dairy prices and beat its strongest earnings result in several years in 2015 after a strong first quarter... More »

Orion Health confirms $120 million to $150 million IPO
21 Oct, 9:35am
Orion Health Group, a global provider of healthcare software solutions, has confirmed its long-heralded initial public offer in New Zealand and Australia... More »

NZ dollar gains on greenback weakness after IBM disappoints
21 Oct, 8:55am
The New Zealand dollar gained as the greenback declined on concern a nascent economic recovery in the US may be derailed should the Federal Reserve tighten policy too aggressively, after IBM earnings disappointed investors... More »

While you were sleeping: IBM shares sink
21 Oct, 7:45am
Wall Street rose amid solid corporate earnings, even as IBM proved the exception... More »

Fonterra nominates Nicola Shadbolt for shareholders' fund manager
20 Oct, 4:40pm
Fonterra Cooperative Group, the world's biggest dairy exporter, will appoint Nicola Shadbolt to sit on the board of the Fonterra Shareholders' Fund manager to replace the retiring Jim van der Poel at next month's annual meeting... More »

BurgerFuel flags US entry and five new Australian stores
20 Oct, 3:50pm
BurgerFuel Worldwide, the NZAX-listed fast food chain franchisor, is opening five new Australian stores and expects to announce the timing of its US expansion soon... More »

Joyce says lifting R&D spend, skilled workers, exports are key focus this term
20 Oct, 2:55pm
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says his top priorities for the next three years are to lift private sector spending on research and development, alleviate a shortage of engineers and ICT workers, and keep New Zealand on track to boos... More »

Dotcom loses bid to keep assets from Hollywood studios
20 Oct, 2:10pm
Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has lost his bid to keep the value and nature of his unfrozen assets hidden from Hollywood studios that are suing him over alleged copyright breaches... More »

NZ consumer confidence slips to 12-month low in October
20 Oct, 1:25pm
New Zealand consumer confidence fell to a 12-month low in October as households felt less cheery about the future, with economic growth coming off the boil... More »

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