Australian retail sales increase in April

Australian retail sales have broken more records with $33.9 billion spent in stores and online in April – a 9.6% increase on a year ago and up 0.9% on the previous month, according to the Retail Trade figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics

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Businesses paying record high wage bills

Queensland businesses secured more staff in the three months to March with employment levels increasing while labour costs are at a record high.   Latest results from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) Pulse Survey for the March 2022 quarter show employment levels increased 2.9 index

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2022-23 Federal Budget: Five ways small businesses can benefit

The Federal Government’s 2022-23 Budget provides support aimed at helping small businesses go digital and invest in their employees. Keep reading to find out more about what is in this year’s Budget for your small business: 1. Deductions for investments in business technology If you haven’t already,

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Federal Budget overview: key benefits for SMEs

To compensate businesses and families for higher operation and living costs, the budget includes a temporary and targeted cost-of-living package. Fuel excise will be halved for six months which is estimated to save 22.1 cents a litre. The government also announced a one-off $420 cost-of-living

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