There has been carnage across the ditch where New Zealand's biggest construction group, Fletcher Building, announced its second profit downgrade in a matter of months despite the country experiencing a building boom. Fletcher's chairman, former Commonwealth Bank boss Ralph Norris, responded in time honoured fashion by lopping off the head of his chief executive, Mark Adamson, with immediate effect.
So you're telling me that not even US pop queen Kate Perry can lift Richard Umber's Myer out of the retail doldrums? Maybe it's time for the department store to admit that no amount of lady luck – think Jennifer Hawkins spruiking the $4.10 a share float in 2009 – can make up for the fact that the entire sector is looking like retail road kill in the current environment. Myer's shares hit a fresh low of 73¢ on Thursday after announcing the latest profit downgrade.
Metcash's departing CEO, Ian Morrice, has a bit of housework to do before he saunters out the door sometime before Christmas. His replacement, former Tesco executive Jeff Adams, will join in September and Morrice will have to show him the ropes – assuming Adams is lucky enough to nab one of those troublesome 457 visas. And this week there were those pesky Metcash shares to dispose of. On Monday, Morrice dumped most of his stock, selling 275,000 shares at $2.50 each.
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Selecting a term
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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