Chinese inflation remains a threat

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Chinese inflation data Inflation prints below forecast. China’s annual inflation rate lifted modestly in January, from 4.6 per cent to 4.9 per cent, but was still below expectations centred on a result near 5.3 per cent. Most prices higher. Most categories recorded higher inflation in January with food prices up 10.3 per cent on a […]

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Trade surplus to moderate as coal volumes fall

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International trade Australia’s trade surplus narrowed by $636 million to $1,925 million in November. Economists had tipped a surplus near $2 billion. Exports were flat over the month while imports rose by 2.9 per cent.  Australia has chalked up trade surpluses of $17.1 billion over just the past eight months. Australia’s trade surpluses with both […]

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Spending slumps; Trade surplus with China soars

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Retail trade, International trade Retail spending slumped by 1.1 per cent in October, below forecasts centred on a rise of 0.4 per cent. Nonfood retailing fell by a much larger 2.2 per cent – the biggest slide in 20 months. Over the first ten months of 2010 overall retail spending has risen by just 1.5 […]

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Investor Signposts Week Beginning December 5 2010

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The big picture Most people tend to regard the national accounts as just an update on economic growth. But the publication is far more comprehensive than that, covering indicators such as inflation, productivity, savings and wage costs. So from a big picture perspective what can we conclude? Well if we were to sum the economy […]

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Australian payments technology hits high note at conclusion of peak global trade talks.

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Global interest in Australian-produced payments technology has peaked in recent weeks as offshore banking and financial institutions have become exposed to the unique Payment Adviser technology. Payment Adviser was one of a select handful of global IT vendors invited to showcase its unique electronic payments solution to delegates at the 37th annual Sibos trade event, […]

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Weekly market & economic update – 22 October 2010

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Headline developments of the past week The focus over the past week was on China which undertook a surprise 0.25% increase in benchmark lending and deposit rates. This caused a blip in global financial markets as investors pondered whether this is the start of another round of policy tightening in China which might threaten Chinese […]

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