An overseas fund manager has called New Zealand "as politically risky as Pakistan", and is reluctant to make further investments there.
The New Zealand share market was weak again, the NZX Top 50 Index falling for a sixth consecutive day to shed 6 points to 4714.
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Confidence amongst the country's manufacturers and exporters has risen dramatically but the lobby group representing them believes the sector is still weak, and could even get worse.
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A former Qantas chief economist says the airline's response to competition with Virgin Australia is pulling it into the red.
Chorus shares continued their downward spiral on Thursday after the Government's promise of at least some assistance to the embattled telephone lines company failed to improve the case to invest in its shares.
Shares in the electronics retailer, Dick Smith, made a lacklustre debut on the Australian Stock Exchange on Thursday.
Listed companies, their advisors and industry bodies have given the Financial Markets Authority a pass grade on its second report card since the market regulator was formed two years ago.
The European Commission has fined eight banks a total of 1.7 billion euros for forming illegal cartels to rig interest rates.
Total building work in place rose 1.4% in the September 2013 quarter with residential building rising more than 8% but non-residential construction falling 6.4%.
An economist says the latest sales figures from Auckland's largest real estate agency show the Reserve Bank's restrictions on banks lending to people with small deposits are biting hard.
The sharemarket was down for a fourth consecutive day on Wednesday, the Top 50 Index falling 50 points to 4734.
Billionaire Richard Branson has urged the Australian government to resist helping Qantas, saying the airline's management and service are to blame for its financial woes.
Commodity prices fell for the first time in five months in November, dragged down by falls in aluminium and some dairy products.
Rio Tinto is to reduce its capital expenditure by almost $US10 billion by 2015.
The NZX Top 50 Index is continuing its downward trend, which started immediately after it peaked at a record 4923 points on 7 November. It fell eight points to 4784 on Tuesday.
Arla Foods will start selling British skimmed milk powder on Fonterra's fortnightly Global Dairy Trade this month, the first time that a British dairy product has entered the auction.
Goodman Property Trust wants to raise up to $100 million from seven-year senior secured bonds.
Allied Work Force Group has completed its purchase of Madison Group, a white collar employment specialist.
Chinese steelmaker Citic Pacific exported its first shipment of iron ore from an $A8 billion project in the Pilbara in Western Australia on Monday. The Sino Iron mine is way over budget and four years behind schedule.
The US Supreme Court has rejected an appeal to re-evaluate a New York state law that requires internet retailers like Amazon to pay sales tax in the state. The company has no distribution facilities there.
The Commerce Commision is calling for submissions on how it should determine the actual cost of retail phone companies accessing Chorus' copper wires.
Oyster Bay winemaker Delegat's Group wants to become a global high-end wine company, with a plan to buy more vineyards in New Zealand, Australia and further afield.
Summer holidays are when many businesses take a well deserved break - but for Auckland-based Nice Blocks it's a time when things really start to get busy.
Australian airline Qantas says it plans to cut at least a 1000 jobs over the next year, after reporting a pre-tax loss of between $A250 million to $A300 million in the first half of this financial year.
Unilever is moving to cut 58 jobs and shut a washing powder factory in Petone north of Wellington. The plant opened in 1919.
Pharmaceuticals distributor Ebos says its application to list on the Australian Stock Exchange has been approved.
Wood products company Tenon may dual list in the United States where 90% of its products are sold, in a bid to boost the value of its shares.
The New Zealand dollar climbed against both the US and Australian dollars, reaching a five-year high against the latter.
Westfield Group is to split its Australian and New Zealand shopping centre assets from its international business as it continues to look for growth overseas.
ASB chief economist Nick Tuffley is warning the pace of house price rises will not continue at the current rate for much longer.
Attempts by BP to limit claims over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill have gained ground after a federal appeals court in the United States ruled in its favour.
Chorus chief executive Mark Ratcliffe says suspending dividend payments for a couple of years wouldn't be enough to allow the company to manage its way through its current regulatory fix.
Sales of motor vehicles are booming, with new commercial vehicle sales the highest for any November since 1981.
Fonterra is confident it has minimum liability in its contract with the French company Danone in the fallout from Fonterra's contamination scare.
Wynyard says it has won a contract with Manayer Marketing Management in the United Arab Emirates for an anti-money laundering programme.
The federal government in Australia says planes could be taking off from a second Sydney airport within 15 years. Debate on the issue began more than three decades ago.
New Zealand's terms of trade rose to the highest level in 40 years in the September quarter, largely thanks to the dairy boom.
Wholesale sales rose in the three months to September driven by a rise in vehicle, grocery, liquor and tobacco wholesaling.
Infratil shares fell nearly 5% after the company completed a $59 million share buyback.
The New Zealand dollar has risen against the currencies of most of its major trading partners.
Postie Plus Group has agreed to sell its school uniform operation, SchoolTex, for $9 million.
Diligent shares fell to their lowest level in 22 months on Wednesday after the company said it can't produce its accounts for the last three financial years, as previously promised, by 12 December.
The yuan has overtaken the euro to become the second most-used currency in international trade finance.
Global Dairy Trade director Paul Grave says the auction site has taken major steps as an international commodity market with the recent addition of two large international dairy companies and a British product for the first time.
Barfoot & Thompson in Auckland says its average sales price for a house rose 3.2% in November from October. The average house it sold in November was worth $684,646.
Air New Zealand looks set to raise its stake in Virgin Australia to just over 25%.
The Reserve Bank of Australia left the official interest rate unchanged at 2.5% on Tuesday.
Advertising is to be increased on the Sydney train network and the extra revenue will be used to improve services.
New listings of houses available for sale dipped in November, particularly in Auckland.
Virgin Australia is proceeding with a $350 million equity raising after the Takeovers Panel decided to allow the planned capital raising to go ahead.
Telecom says it has achieved record sales of its ultra fast broadband network in the past two months.
Online retailer Amazon is testing unmanned drones to deliver goods to customers. The service will be called Prime Air.
Australian export commodity prices started rising again in November. Prices for gold, coking coal and wheat fell, but these were offset by increases in the prices of iron ore and thermal coal.