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Building approvals appear to have passed their peak but will continue flowing through to construction, which will support the economy.
Three-dimensional printer 3D Group is set to gain a presence on the Australian Securities Exchange in a reverse takeover deal with Oz Brewing.
Credit, building approvals and export prices data on Thursday illustrate the problems the economy faces and confirm its rebalancing still has a way to go.
Woodside Petroleum's plan to buy back $US2.7b in shares from Shell looks set to fail, with almost 29 per cent of votes opposing the move.
The departing boss of National Australia Bank says banks need to do more in explaining their big profits to the public and improving their image.
Korean carmaker Hyundai is recalling nearly 900,000 cars because a gear shift problem that increases the risk of a crash.
Kawasaki is recalling about 11,000 four-wheel drives after two people were injured by debris breaking through the floors of the vehicles.
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LONDON, July 31 AFP 6:51PM
British aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce says that underlying profit fell by a fifth on the back of a weaker performance by its defence and marine businesses.
HONG KONG, July 31 AFP 6:47PM
Asian markets were mixed after US data showing the world's top economy grew much more than expected in the second quarter was offset by late profit-taking.
TOKYO, July 31 AFP 6:23PM
Panasonic has posted a $US369 million ($A399.24 million) net profit for the three months to June, plunging 65 per cent from a year ago when the Japanese electronics giant logged a ...
BRISBANE, July 31 AAP 6:08PM
Mining services company Hastings Deering now says it will be retrenching about 400 staff in August.
PERTH, July 31 AAP 6:03PM
Woodside Petroleum's plan to buy back $US2.7 billion worth of shares from Royal Dutch Shell looks set to fail.
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LONDON, July 31 AFP 5:27PM
Britain's state-rescued Lloyds Banking Group says net profits slumped 57 per cent in the first half, hit by compensation for insurance mis-selling and fines over Libor rate rigging...
SYDNEY, July 31 AAP 5:21PM
The Australian dollar is lower on the back of stronger-than-expected US economic growth figures and more upbeat language from the US Federal Reserve.