Oligopolies aren’t that bad: Grattan

Original article by Jacob Greber
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 8 : 4-Dec-17

Research conducted by the Grattan Institute suggests that concerns that Australia’s economy has too many oligopolies are over-stated. Jim Minifie of the Grattan Institute says it found that Australian companies which dominate their markets only account for around 15 per cent of the economy, and that Australia is not really any different to other comparable economies when it comes to the number of oligopolies. He notes that the supermarket sector has become less concentrated since the global financial crisis, although the banking sector has become more so.

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GRATTAN INSTITUTE, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, ALDI STORES SUPERMARKETS PTY LTD, COSTCO WHOLESALE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, HIH INSURANCE LIMITED

Coca-Cola may do better than its rivals with container scheme

Original article by Sue Mitchell
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 11 & 26 : 22-Aug-17

Container deposit schemes are due to take effect in a number of Australian states over the next year or so, with the scheme to take effect in New South Wales on 1 December. The schemes are expected to push up the cost of beverages in plastic and glass bottles and aluminium cans, and it is tipped that Coca-Cola Amatil’s yearly EBIT could fall by as much as seven per cent. However, analysts note that CCA could derive some benefit from the scheme, if less expensive brand name and private-label producers in the bottled water sector pass on the full cost of the scheme. This might enable its Mount Franklin brand to regain some of its market share.

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COCA-COLA AMATIL LIMITED – ASX CCL, MOUNT FRANKLIN NATURAL, ASAHI BREWERIES LIMITED, MACQUARIE EQUITIES LIMITED, FRUCOR BEVERAGES (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD, COLES SUPERMARKETS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, CARLTON AND UNITED BREWERIES, COOPERS BREWERY LIMITED, LION PTY LTD, CITIGROUP PTY LTD, WOOLWORTHS LIMITED – ASX WOW

Advice not so super for retirees

Original article by Michael Roddan
The Australian – Page: 21 : 6-Jun-17

A new online comparison tool is intended to make it easier for superannuation fund members to assess performance data from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. The tool will be launched by professional services firm KPMG on 6 June 2017. Meanwhile, a new report from KPMG has found that industry funds’ share of the super industry has risen to about 33 per cent since 2004, while the market share of retail funds has fallen from 43 per cent to 29 per cent.

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KPMG AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE, AUSTRALIA. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION, CHANT WEST FINANCIAL SERVICES PTY LTD, SUPERRATINGS PTY LTD, AUSTRALIANSUPER PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Aldi hits new high in supermarket wars

Original article by Roy Morgan Research
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 18-May-17

The latest Supermarket Currency report from Roy Morgan Research shows that Australia’s grocery buyers spent $90.3 billion at supermarkets during the 12 months to March 2017. Of that, $32.2 billion was spent at Woolworths (35.7 per cent of the market, down from 36.3 per cent in the year to September 2016) and $30.0 billion at Coles (33.2 per cent, unchanged). Aldi claimed $11.9 billion of grocery buyers’ expenditure during the year (13.2 per cent, up from 12.5 per cent), stretching its lead over IGA, which fell to $8.4 billion (9.3 per cent, down from 9.8 per cent). The combined share of other supermarkets rose from 8.1 per cent to 8.6 per cent, or $7.8 billion.

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ROY MORGAN RESEARCH LIMITED, COLES SUPERMARKETS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, WOOLWORTHS SUPERMARKETS, ALDI STORES SUPERMARKETS PTY LTD, IGA

Women kick goals for television ad spending

Original article by Darren Davidson
The Australian – Page: 19 : 19-Apr-17

New data shows that the inaugural AFL Women’s league prompted strong growth in TV advertising sales in March 2017 and boosted the audience share of the Seven Network. Metropolitan TV ad sales rose by 15.5 per cent year-on-year in March, while TV ad sales rose by 12.7 per cent overall compared with the same period in 2016. Meanwhile, Seven’s audience share rose from 37.5 per cent in March 2016 to 39.2 per cent, with AFLW matches consistently attracting high ratings.

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SEVEN NETWORK LIMITED, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE, NINE NETWORK AUSTRALIA LIMITED, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, TEN NETWORK HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX TEN, FOX FOOTY CHANNEL, SMI MEDIA INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, YOUTUBE INCORPORATED

Hold the remote: ratings show box has plenty of life left in it

Original article by Darren Davidson
The Australian – Page: 26 : 28-Nov-16

The Seven Network has increased its total audience share by 0.9 per cent in 2016, winning the free-to-air TV ratings for a 10th consecutive year. Seven was the highest-rating network among the 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54 age demographics. OzTAM data also shows that the audience share of the Nine Network and Ten Network fell by 1.4 per cent and 0.1 respectively. The ABC’s audience share was steady, while SBS increased its audience share by 0.6 per cent.

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SEVEN NETWORK LIMITED, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, NINE NETWORK AUSTRALIA LIMITED, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, TEN NETWORK HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX TEN, AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, SPECIAL BROADCASTING SERVICE (SBS), OZTAM PTY LTD, WIN CORPORATION PTY LTD, SOUTHERN CROSS MEDIA GROUP LIMITED – ASX SXL, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, GOOGLE INCORPORATED

Supermarket weep: Woolies’ share continues to fall and Coles and Aldi split the proceeds

Original article by Roy Morgan Research
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 25-Oct-16

The latest quarterly Supermarket Currency report from Roy Morgan Research shows that Australia’s grocery buyers spent $A89.8bn at supermarkets during the 12 months to September 2016. This represents 87 per cent of the $A103bn spent on groceries overall. Roy Morgan Research estimates that Australians spent $A32.6bn at Woolworths in the past 12 months – 36.3 per cent of all supermarket expenditure nationally. This is down $A825m compared with the previous year, representing a decline in market share of 1.4 percentage points. Meanwhile, grocery shoppers spent $A29.8bn at Coles in the last year, $A1.1bn more than the year before. Coles gained 0.9 percentage points in market share, to 33.2 per cent. Aldi took in 12.5 per cent of Australia’s supermarket dollars ($A11.2bn), ahead of IGA with 9.8 per cent ($A8.8bn).

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ROY MORGAN RESEARCH LIMITED, WOOLWORTHS LIMITED – ASX WOW, COLES SUPERMARKETS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, IGA, ALDI STORES SUPERMARKETS PTY LTD

Metro TV hit hard by advertising slowdown

Original article by Jake Mitchell
The Australian – Page: 21 : 18-Oct-16

Australia’s advertising market has recorded overall growth of 1.6 per cent so far in 2016, although data from Standard Media Index shows that advertising expenditure declined by 4.6 per cent during September. Metropolitan free-to-air TV advertising fell by 8.9 per cent in September, while the overall TV ad market was down 7.7 per cent. The Seven Network boasted a 38.9 per cent share of the metropolitan ad market, ahead of the Nine Network with 35.9 per cent.

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SMI MEDIA INCORPORATED, SEVEN NETWORK LIMITED, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, NINE NETWORK AUSTRALIA LIMITED, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, TEN NETWORK HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX TEN, AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE, NATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE, IPG MEDIABRANDS

Wrinkles in CBA’s satisfaction crown

Original article by Vesna Poljak
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 23 : 6-Oct-16

Roy Morgan Research’s latest survey of customer bank satisfaction shows that the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) ranked first in retail main financial institution customer satisfaction for the six months to August 2016. Customers were less satisfied with CBA’s mortgage products, with CBA ranking third out of the big four banks. CBA dominates Australia’s mortgage market, with a 25.3 per cent market share.

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COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, ROY MORGAN RESEARCH LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Network Ten’s recovery by design

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 30 : 8-Aug-16

The Ten Network’s shares of free-to-air TV advertising revenue rose to 25.2 per cent in the first six months of 2016, compared with just 20.1 per cent in early 2014. Maxus CEO Mark McCraith says the consistency of Ten’s programming has been a major contributor to the network’s increased ratings. Meanwhile, Ten’s chief programming officer Beverley McGarvey stresses the importance of selecting the right host for popular shows like "Family Feud".

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TEN NETWORK HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX TEN, MAXUS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, SEVEN NETWORK LIMITED, NINE NETWORK AUSTRALIA LIMITED, KPMG AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, MULTI CHANNEL NETWORK PTY LTD, FOXTEL MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, PHD CREATIVE PTY LTD, THINK TV, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, NETFLIX INCORPORATED, YOUTUBE INCORPORATED