Export education booms at $2.85 billion

Steven Joyce  International education continues to be a star performer in New Zealand’s export-led growth according to latest data. The ‘International Education Snapshot Report’ released last month shows that the international education industry grew strongly throughout 2014 and it is now valued at $2.85 billion. As further proof of the industry’s strong performance, it is now supporting more than 30,000…

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Disruptive changes influence marketplace

Retail News Travel Retailing, Mobile Retailing, Faster Retailing, Experience Retailing and Innovative Retailing are the top retail trends for 2015 identified in the latest Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu/Stores ‘Media Global Powers of Retailing’ Report. The trends are shaped by the disruptive changes in the marketplace, says the US National Retail Federation. “While these trends are not new, what is interesting for…

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Islamic Banking needs balanced Sharia governance

Second of several parts Abdulazeem Abozaid Islamic Finance faces challenges related to lack of proper and effective Sharia governance. Since inception, this self-regulated industry has had no supervision or intervention of indisputably independent authorities. The Bahrain based Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI), a regulatory authority from within the industry, has introduced a standard for ‘Tawarruq’ though…

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Vehicle sales on the right track

Retail News Vehicle sales jumped more than 20% in 2014 with double-digit growth in almost every sector, according to Motor Trade Association (MTA). New commercial vehicle and used imported passenger vehicle sales were especially strong. Last year, 265,216 new and used imported vehicles were registered in New Zealand, up from 218,329 vehicles sold for the first time the year before.…

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