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Biggest lift in 4½ years - 24 October 2012

Business Sales Index There was a surprising rebound in economy-wide spending in September. sliding 5.5 per cent in seasonally adjusted terms... read more >

Finance report - Friday 19 October 2012 - 19 October 2012

New US claims for unemployment insurance rose by 46,000 to 388,000 in the latest week. Economists had tipped a gain, but only to 365,000. The... read more >

RBA justifies rate cut; Lending falls again - 17 October 2012

The latest Reserve Bank Board minutes suggests that the decision to cut interest rates in October was more to boost confidence rather than to... read more >

Finance report - Wednesday 17 October 2012 - 17 October 2012

US CPI inflation accelerated rose by 0.6pct in September. Expectations had centred on a gain of 0.5pct. Over the year CPI rose by 2.0pct. Core... read more >

Finance report - Tuesday 09 October 2012 - 09 October 2012

Latest news The World Bank cut its growth forecasts for the East Asia and Pacific region on Monday. Reuters reports: "For the region as a... read more >

Finance report - Monday 08 October 2012 - 08 October 2012

Latest news US employment (non-farm payrolls) rose by 114,000 in September, in line with forecasts. But the unemployment rate fell from 8.1pct... read more >

Finance report - Tuesday 02 October 2012 - 02 October 2012

Latest news The US ISM manufacturing index rose from 49.6 to 51.5 in September, well above forecasts centred on a result near 49.7.... read more >

Petrol set to ease into long-weekend
 - 26 September 2012

Fuel price gains: According to the Australian Institute of Petroleum, the national average retail petrol price rose by 1.8 cents to 145.7... read more >

Finance report - Tuesday 25 September 2012 - 25 September 2012

Latest News The German Ifo business climate index unexpectedly eased from 102.3 to 101.4 in September. The index has fallen for five months... read more >

Finance report - Wednesday 19 September 2012 - 19 September 2012

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 The US current account deficit shrank to US$117.4 billion in the June quarter (3.0pct of GDP), down from US$133.6bn in the... read more >

RBA “no change” decision more finely balanced - 18 September 2012

The latest Reserve Bank Board minutes confirms that the decision to leave rates on hold in September was more finely balanced than in prior... read more >

Finance report - Tuesday 18 September 2012 - 18 September 2012

Latest news The New York Federal Reserve Empire State manufacturing index fell from minus 5.85 to minus 10.41 in September - the lowest... read more >

Finance report - Monday 17 September 2012 - 17 September 2012


Latest News US consumer prices rose by 0.6pct in August, just above expectations. But core prices (excludes food and energy) rose by just... read more >

Finance report - Thursday 13 September 2012 - 13 September 2012

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 The German Constitutional Court has approved treaties setting up the European Stability Mechanism - the basis for bail-out... read more >

Flat housing; Biggest rise in fuel prices in 6 months
 - 12 September 2012

Home loans fall: The number of new owner-occupier housing loans fell by 1.0 per cent in July. The value of all home lending rose fell by 1.8... read more >

Finance report - Tuesday 11 September 2012 - 11 September 2012

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 US consumer credit contracted for the first time in nearly a year, down by $3.28 billion in July, and well below expectations... read more >

Home prices on the rise; Manufacturing slump - 02 August 2012

Home prices record back to back monthly gains: The RP Data – Rismark Home Value Index reported that capital city home prices rose by 0.6... read more >

Mid-year outlook: what’s in store for the second half of 2012 - 09 July 2012

Despite another episode of intense but fleeting euphoria earlier in the year, at mid-year the global economy is in roughly the same position... read more >

Federal Budget 2012/13: Surplus or bust - 08 May 2012

Making Sense of it  The Federal Budget is hardly the most riveting document you are ever likely to read. Sure you know it’s... read more >

Pump prices finally fall; Construction slump - 07 May 2012

Petrol price eased from 3½-year highs: According to the Australian Institute of Petroleum, the national average retail petrol price... read more >

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