Dene Mackenzie

Easter provides boost but retail data likely to be flat

Household indicators take centre stage this week with retail figures for February, out today, likely to be meek.

A2 name likely to disappear

Dunedin-founded biotechnology company A2 seems destined to disappear following an announcement yesterday it was in merger discussions with its Australian counterpart, Freedom Nutritional Products.

Currencies react to Greek aid plan

Currencies react to Greek aid plan

Global currencies yesterday jumped to their highest levels against the United States dollar in several months after Euro zone finance ministers approved a giant 30 billion ($NZ57 billion) emergency aid package for debt-plagued Greece.

Facebook dropping 'fans' option from site

Facebook is about to change the way it asks its users to connect to brands and celebrities on the site.

Outlook believed bright for Waitaki

The Waitaki District has several major projects with consent approvals, which if started, could lift the district's economic growth well above previous periods.

Farming, loyalty stalwarts of economy

Farming, loyalty stalwarts of economy

The future success of the Clutha District relies on the fortunes of its sheep and beef farmers, but the loyalty of its residents has played a major part in the way the district has survived the recession.

Guarantee scheme inclusion saves SCF

Guarantee scheme inclusion saves SCF

The South Island economy has received a major boost with the inclusion of troubled finance company South Canterbury Finance in the Government's extended retail deposit guarantee scheme from October 12.

Confidence up for South Island employers

South Island employers have reported the highest level of confidence across New Zealand, with a net 26.1% of employers indicating an intention to increase their permanent staff levels in the months ended June.

Convoluted but rewarding

Convoluted but rewarding

Linda Fairstein appears to have suffered something of an identity crisis when she wrote Hell Gate.

AXA accepts plan by NAB for takeover

AXA accepts plan by NAB for takeover

National Australia Bank yesterday won the first round in its $A14 billion ($NZ18.1 billion) takeover plan of AXA Asia Pacific (AXA AP), but it still must await the decision of the Australian competition watchdog.