Dene Mackenzie

Spending across New Zealand rises, but especially in the South

Spending across New Zealand rises, but especially in the South

Wallets appear to be opening in the south as Paymark figures show something of a retail boom in Otago and Southland.

About-turn with ICT industry handout

About-turn with ICT industry handout

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has made a surprising reversal over picking winners in the information and communications technology industry, a few days after castigating Labour for proposing a similar policy.

Businesses urged to enter awards

Businesses urged to enter awards

Lani Evans, from ThankYou Payroll, was the first entry for the 2014 Westpac Otago Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

Focusing on retail works for SLI

Focusing on retail works for SLI

As far as good ideas go, coming up with a way for retailers to get better results for customers searching their websites is up with the best. Business editor Dene Mackenzie talks to SLI Systems chief executive Shaun Ryan about how the company started and where it is going.

Motor Trade Finances bond issue reflects firm's reputation

Motor Trade Finances bond issue reflects firm's reputation

A $200 million issue of medium-term notes by Motor Trade Finances was a sign the Dunedin-based company was held in high regard overseas, Craigs Investment Partners broker Peter McIntyre said yesterday.

House sales volumes fall as winter settles in

House sales volumes fall as winter settles in

The number of dwellings sold in June fell 12.3% from May as winter settled in to the residential real estate market, figures released yesterday by the Real Estate Institute showed.

Otago sales figures for June in the doldrums

The house sale median price across Otago fell $2750, or 1.2%, in June compared with May. Prices fell 4% in Dunedin but rose 14% in South Otago.

US earnings expected to have main impact

US earnings expected to have main impact

Second-quarter earnings from United States listed companies were likely to have the largest impact on markets this week, Craigs Investment Partners broker Chris Timms said yesterday.

Conflicting reports on strength of expansion

Conflicting reports on strength of expansion

The Otago-Southland services industries remain buoyant but indications are emerging of slower economic activity in the sector than seen previously.

Fewer properties selling

Real estate sales volume for Central Otago Lakes fell by 18% compared with May.