The Australian dollar is special among the major currencies as it generally moves along with the prices of commodities. Because of this the dollar affects companies in different ways.
Face Value analyses the sentiment of business leaders in ASX top 100 companies and for 2017 it seems positive, although sometimes highly opinionated.
For consumers of Australia's retail sector, choice and convenience will continue to emerge. For incumbents unable to deliver on these outcomes, the future is bleak.
Rather than lifting investment, Australian businesses have chosen to return cash to shareholders in the form of record dividends and share buybacks.
Media companies say their results are an indicator of a transformation taking place from traditional business to newer profitable digital platforms, but it seems the proof is still missing.
It's a tough time to be a retailer in Australia, but there are some retailers that have found the formula for success.