Never before have there been so many transactions in the car dealership market as there are right now, with Deloitte acting on over thirty transactions in this past eighteen months.

There is a range of factors driving both sellers and buyers and as such it’s essential both potential parties to a transaction understand market trends to achieve the best outcome for all involved.

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“The value of sound advice cannot be underestimated. It’s essential to work with advisers who have longevity in the market, to ensure buyers pay the most appropriate price for an asset…”

I want to share with you a few highlights from the recently released Tourism and Hotel Market Outlook from Deloitte Access Economics.

This is a bi-annual report that provides projections and for domestic and international tourism over the next three years and is a reputable benchmark for the industry. It also reflects on the latest trends in the industry.

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‘A resurgent domestic leisure segment is buoying demand for holiday hot spots from Tasmania to Queensland’s beaches and emerging Asia continues to propel markets successful in luring these high growth segments. Indeed, it is the Gold Coast and Hobart that are projected to post the largest occupancy gains’

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Many people see property investment in a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) as one of the safest ways to grow wealth.  And there are many benefits of holding a property within an SMSF… 

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“The advantages can include the net income generated from the rental property being concessionally taxed at a 15% tax rate”

I hope some of you had the opportunity to attend the  Australian Automotive Dealer Association’s National Dealer Convention this week in Melbourne. It was a a brilliant three days that really cemented the state of affairs for the motor industry and highlighted some exciting challenges ahead.

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‘One of the hallmarks of best practice car dealerships is the ability to fine tune the business to what’s happening in the market – it’s like adjusting your driving to the conditions on the road. This agility sets apart the leaders in the industry’

This Weekly Economic Briefing is written by two senior Deloitte Economists, David Rumbens from Deloitte Access Economics in Australia and Ian Stewart Deloitte’s Chief Economist in the UK. They provide a personal view on topical financial and economic issues. 

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“Coca-Cola Enterprises, the bottling group, unveiled a three way merger with Coca-Cola Iberian Partners and the German bottling business of the Coca-Cola Company, to create a new UK-based business called Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) serving 300m people in 13 countries and worth an expected £19.6bn”

I’m delighted to be presenting this week at the National Dealer Convention of the Australian Automotive Dealer Association. One of the topics I’m going to explore in my address is the state of the market.

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“The good news is that every dealership, even the best ones, have an opportunity to review their operations to increase sales and profits…But to achieve this it’s critical to be able to adapt to market conditions”

This article has been published on Deloitte’s, but first appeared as part of a trends briefing on design thinking from Marketing Advantage, the premium content service for readers of Marketing Magazine. To subscribe to this content, go to  

Deloitte’s CMO, David Redhill (@dredhill) provides a case study on how design thinking is delivering tangible benefits across this 150-year-old professional services firm.

Download the PDF version as it first appeared in print.

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“The bumblebee theory – that one proposing that, by the laws of physics, a bee shouldn’t be able to fly – is pseudoscientific claptrap”

Welcome to the new world of retailing. Let’s take a snapshot of the way we now shop. Jane needs a new pair of boots to keep her toes warm this winter. While she’s watching TV that evening, she browses her favourite online stores to find out what’s in style, and at the same time checks the top fashion blogs on Instagram and Facebook to review the latest winter looks.

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“We’re only at the start of the retail revolution. In the coming decade the way we shop for everything from bread and milk, to luxury items to financial services, and everything in between will change. It’s an exciting time to be in retailing. Businesses that are nimble, smart and digitally engaged are the ones that will reap the greatest rewards”

The sound of rustling paper can be heard across Australia as taxpayers gather  all their documentation in preparation for the annual ritual of submitting tax returns gets underway.

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“Nobody wants unexpected surprises in their personal finances at tax time. These simple tips you could contribute to a smoother, easy transition into FY16.”