What to watch for this earnings season

Profit growth will slow as companies deal with the collapse in commodities and continued weak sentiment.

When corporate Australia reported an average 20 per cent lift in earnings last financial year, darker clouds were already gathering. It has since become clear severe headwinds that emerged in the six months to December 2014 will result in a far less robust set of half-year profit reports in many sectors.

Corporate earnings season kicks off on Monday morning, when retailer JB Hi-Fi reports results for the first half.

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