Cost Reductions Versus Top Line Stasis

The August reporting season in Australia has once again confirmed cost control remains front of mind for business leaders steering corporate Australia. Recent research by Quant analysts at Credit Suisse suggests investors should be paying close attention as on their analysis, share market outperformance and cost management go hand in hand post recovery from the GFC lows. The evidence applies in particular in a negative sense. Companies who cannot keep a lid on cost inflation, while finding it difficult to grow the top line, are ripe for punishment and for severe market underperformance. (VIEW LINK)

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