$100,000 first prize in new International Business Awards

New Zealand International Business Awards

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise re-launched its New Zealand Export Awards as the New Zealand International Business Awards, with a first prize of $100,000 for the winner.

The first prize shall be given to an overall winner in all the categories and would also recognise an emerging and an outstanding business leader making a significant contribution to the expand business internationally.

In the re-launched award, ANZ is the new strategic partner and the company has made bigger contribution in increasing the amount for the first prize.

5 per cent drop in profit predicted by Fletcher in earnings

Fletcher Building Ltd

New Zealand's third biggest company, Fletcher Building Ltd, indicated a huge drop in the half year's profit and predicted its earnings down 5% in four out of its five divisions as its half year profit dropped 27 per cent from $235 million to $172 million.

Telecom shares are stable despite reduced profits

Telecom's share

Despite a 59% drop in the profits, Telecom's share prices remained largely stable after the announcements of the results. This year the company registered a profit of $163 million, for the six months, as compared to $397 million in the previous year.

Telecom Chief Executive, Paul Reynolds, said that despite the slowing economy the company focused in the broadband, mobile and ICT areas and its revenue increased

Appliance Connexion CEO killed

New Zealand

The chief executive of Appliance Connexion, Wayne Burton is no longer alive after an unfortunate incident of being hit by a car in Bucklands Beach in Auckland last night.

While walking with his wife yesterday evening, Mr. Burton was struck by a passing vehicle.

Back in 1998, Appliance Connexion was formed, which then became New Zealand's largest independent electrical buying group, with members including the 100% branded retailers as well as L V Martin, Magness Benrow Appliances and The Appliance Shed.

House sales plummeted to new low in January

Real Estate Institute of New Zealand

The lowest number of monthly sales since 1992 has been recorded by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ). The January sales figures of the institute display that just 3,706 homes were sold nationwide as compared with 5,186 in January last year.

According to REINZ president Mike Elford, the low turnover is a concern, and the benefit of lower interest rates is yet to make its mark.

In his statement, Elford said, "Its clear evidence that people are treading cautiously and reflects the uncertainty of the wider economic environment."

Year 2008 sees 0.9% growth in NZ population

population

According to latest Statistics New Zealand figures, the population of New Zealand has reached 4.29 million. There was an increase in the population by just over 39,000 or
0.9% last year compared with more than 41,000, or 1%, in 2007.

Since there was a fall in net migration, the growth in population was lower in 2008 than in 2007.

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