Reality sells lingerie

Victoria's Secret supermodels Lily Aldridge, Erin Heatherton, Adrian Lima, Candice Swanepoel and Chanel Iman pose during the "Incredible by Victoria's Secret" bra launch in New York

12 min ago  Victoria’s Secret is in danger of losing its customer base while Aerie soars after eschewing retouching.

Confidence at a three-year low

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11:22 AM  Business confidence is at its lowest level in three years as concerns over economic growth gather pace.

Snappy smartphone bus fares

Wellington bus commuters can pay their fare by swiping their smart phone, Semble chief executive Rob Ellis says.

12:00 PM  Android smartphones can be used to pay a bus fare, taxi and parking with Snapper.

Summerset Group sales record

Summerset chief executive Julian Cook said the retirement village company hit a new sales record in the half-year to June 30.

11:11 AM  Summerset has recorded its highest level of half year sales this year.

Power companies fail to spark

BURNED OUT: Less than half of those surveyed thought their retailer was delivering value for money.

11:38 AM  Customers are fed up with unfair contracts and confusing pricing plans.

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Snappy smartphone bus fares

Wellington bus commuters can pay their fare by swiping their smart phone, Semble chief executive Rob Ellis says.

12:00 PM  Android smartphones can be used to pay a bus fare, taxi and parking with Snapper from Tuesday.

Big five power companies fail to spark

11:38 AM  Customers are fed up with unfair contracts and confusing pricing plans.

Summerset Group sales record

Environment group warns over oil surveys

money

Cheesy ad boosts tax refund payouts video

Inland Revenue has spent $41,000 on a series of tax refund videos based on 1980s aerobics.

A cheesy aerobics video ad campaign has led to Inland Revenue handing out an extra $50 million in tax refunds.

More mortgage rate cuts?

Floating mortgage rates are tipped to fall sharply this year, but depositors will feel more pain.

A spat between valuers has exposed deep confusion about the way stolen jewellery is valued.

Jewellery theft victims underpaid

Warring valuers are at odds over how to value lost antique jewellery.

small business

Crowdfunding key for taco truck

Lucky Taco owners Sarah and Otis Frizzell are looking to raise $100,000 to get their products into supermarkets.

Sarah and Otis Frizzell made a bold move to launch their range of taco kits and Mexican pickles.

Selling a start-up in my teens

OPINION: Teen entrepreneur Jake Millar shares his five top tips for success.

Wildfire Interactive founder Victoria Ransom says being likable helps New Zealand entrepreneurs.

High-flyer's tips for startups

Kiwi Victoria Ransom, who sold her business to Google, has some advice for Kiwi business owners.

world

Greek banks running out of cash

Newly-appointed Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos was sworn in on Monday after the resignation of Yanis Varoufakis.

Greeks have been hit with more bad news: their banks will stay shut for longer and may run out of cash.

Australian watchdog eyes Monster Slide

Monster Slide has emerged on the radar of an Australian consumer watchdog as angry customers demand refunds from a postponed event.

A sign outside the Bank of Greece is defaced with graffiti to read  'Banque de Merkel' in Athens, Greece.

IMF ready to help Greece

Greece to bring a new bailout proposal to eurozone leaders, after finance minister quits.

better business

Reality sells lingerie

Victoria's Secret supermodels Lily Aldridge, Erin Heatherton, Adrian Lima, Candice Swanepoel and Chanel Iman pose during the "Incredible by Victoria's Secret" bra launch in New York

12 min ago  Victoria’s Secret is in danger of losing its customer base while Aerie soars after eschewing retouching.

On women tradies in NZ

Can I get that tool belt in pink? Are women welcome in the building trade?

Winston Peters: New Zealand is staring down the face of recession.

Govt 'complacent' on economy

10:55 AM  Opposition parties are accusing the Prime Minister of complacency over the state of the economy, after John Key said there was no need to hit the panic button.

opinion & analysis

Marketing basics for IT firms

Was the US$130,000 Tonga's Government spent on an advertorial in a magazine produced by US publisher Forbes marketing brilliance or a waste of money?

What marketing capability does your firm need?

Prioritise to push ahead

One of my favourite funny pictures of all time is of three Lego characters.

A referendum campaign poster that reads 'Yes (Nai)' is seen on a bus stop with a graffiti that reads 'No (Oxi)' on it in Athens, Greece.

Greek dramas – lessons for New Zealand

OPINION: Our markets are at the mercy of global sentiment.

farming

Gay marriage hasn't hurt NZ trade

Australian Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce believes gay marriage could affect his country's trade with Asia.

New Zealand's trade with Asia has increased since same-sex marriage was legalised, rubbishing Aussie minister's claim.

Woman killed in farm accident

A 32-year-old woman has died after an incident on a Southland farm.

PGG Wrightson chief executive Mark Dewdney addressing the company's annual meeting in 2013.

Livestock division investigated

PGG Wrightson has been investigated by the Commerce Commission for breach of the Commerce Act.

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