Dene Mackenzie

Download security patch, computer users urged

Download security patch, computer users urged

Microsoft was at 7am today expected to release an emergency out-of-band patch to fix Internet Explorer (IE) zero day security vulnerability problems, which have been used by attackers in various high-profile cyber crimes.

Comment: Quick tax changes unlikely

Comment: Quick tax changes unlikely

The Government seems unlikely to rush tax changes into this year's May Budget except for a few easy-to-implement, one-line changes with few political implications.

Inflation below market predictions

Inflation below market predictions

The Reserve Bank found itself with some breathing space yesterday as inflation came in weaker than market expectations.

Govt reaction to tax report key

Govt reaction to tax report key

The Government's reaction to the Tax Working Group report, due out today, will be of more interest than the report itself, Polson Higgs tax partner Michael Turner says.

Cadbury accepts better offer from Kraft

Cadbury accepts better offer from Kraft

British confectionery maker Cadbury was last night expected to have conceded defeat in its battle to remain independent by recommending the 12 billion ($NZ27 billion) takeover offer from United States rival Kraft.

Wage rise concern to employers

A significant upward swing in the minimum wage would bring an additional burden to bear on their post-recession planning.

Shareholders show patience

Allied Farmers' new shareholders are showing more resilience and patience than they were given credit for as they hold on to the shares they were allocated as part of the Hanover Finance takeover.

Internet privacy complex

You know that internet privacy is going to dominate the minds of some this year when politicians start blogging about it.

Inflation of 1.9% expected

Falling food prices are expected to show annual inflation is down to 1.9% when Statistics New Zealand figures are released on Wednesday.

Mid-cycle earnings key for investors

Mid-cycle earnings key for investors

Much has been promised to investors for the coming year. New Zealand Assets Management is promising a profit boom this year. Bank economists are looking forward to a strong rebound in economic activity. Business Editor Dene Mackenzie sifts through the predictions.