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  1. October 10, 2013

    Lloyds sells last Australia operations to Westpac

    Lloyds Banking Group is to sell its remaining Australian operations to Westpac Banking Corp, marking a further step in the...

  2. October 9, 2013

    UK industrial output undershoots target

    The UK significantly undershot market expectations for August’s industrial production, contracting rather than growing, and...

  3. October 1, 2013

    Lloyds to sell last units in Australia

    Lloyds Banking Group is closing in on the sale of its remaining Australian operations, with a trio of bidders competing for...

  4. September 11, 2013

    US housing index at highest since November 2005

    Positive data from the US housing sector, though higher mortgage rates are expected to dampen demand. Inflation weakened...

  5. August 20, 2013

    Money goes mobile in Papua New Guinea’s frontier market

    Where Africa’s banks led in pioneering the development of mobile money, setting up Kenya’s successful M-Pesa money transfer...

  6. August 20, 2013

    Dodging the bank robbers to tap growth in Papua New Guinea

    Bank South Pacific, the largest lender by customers and assets in Papua New Guinea, closed its branch in Kerema, the main...

  7. August 12, 2013

    Australian banks: cash in hand

    Banks with enough capital to pay out dividends these days are special enough. So what does that make the few – Australians,...

  8. August 5, 2013

    Pressure is on for Aussie weakness

    After a brief respite, the Australian dollar is under pressure again. The currency dropped to a three-year low on Monday...

  9. May 23, 2013

    Broadway Technology eyes Asia with Westpac forex software deal

    Broadway Technology, a fast-growing US trading software maker, has made major steps into the Asian market with a deal to...

  10. May 20, 2013

    Aussie dollar faces struggle to reclaim parity as cracks deepen

    When the Reserve Bank of Australia cut the benchmark cash rate to a record low earlier this month, it was a clear indication...

  11. May 3, 2013

    Macquarie posts first rise in annual profits in three years

    Macquarie Group has recorded an increase in annual profits for the first time in three years and announced a big dividend...

  12. May 1, 2013

    Manufacturing struggles as Australia seeks to rebalance

    Conditions in Australia’s manufacturing sector worsened in April, with a key gauge of activity hitting its lowest level...

  13. April 8, 2013

    China opens Aussie dollar direct trading

    Direct currency trading between the Australian dollar and the renminbi will begin this week, Julia Gillard, Australian prime...

  14. March 25, 2013

    Equities give back early gains

    Monday 20:00 GMT. Global equities lost ground and the euro came under pressure as an initial sense of relief that Cyprus had...

  15. March 18, 2013

    Cyprus concerns spook markets

    Monday 20:00 GMT. A wave of risk aversion rippled through financial markets on Monday amid concerns that the terms of a...

  16. February 21, 2013

    Fed’s comments rattle markets

    Thursday 21.10 GMT. Global stocks stumbled as concerns over the future of the Federal Reserve’s stimulus programme weighed...

  17. February 14, 2013

    NAB assesses £5.3bn in property loans

    National Australia Bank, the country’s fourth-largest bank by market value, has approached advisers to help determine the...

  18. February 12, 2013

    Japan’s retail investors cool to Australia

    Japanese retail investors aggressively dumped Australian assets late last year in a further sign that demand for currencies...

  19. January 29, 2013

    Stocks edge towards fresh highs

    Tuesday 21:40 GMT. Global stocks rose and challenged new cyclical highs, supported by better than expected corporate...

  20. January 8, 2013

    Foreign borrowers flock to tap Yankees

    Global borrowers are following the new year lead of large US companies and rushing to tap the US debt capital markets,...

  21. November 29, 2012

    Australian banks – high and dry

    Yeah, yeah. Bank targets 15 per cent return on equity. We’ve heard that one before. What looked like a disappointing return...

  22. November 27, 2012

    Westpac chief wants more women managers

    Gail Kelly, a rare female among the ranks of top bankers, is on a mission. As head of Westpac, Australia’s number two bank...

  23. November 13, 2012

    Business sentiment fall hits Sydney index

    Australian shares led losses in the Asia-Pacific region on Tuesday as business sentiment fell, while broader markets...

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    November 6, 2012

    Stevens and the RBA hold the line

    So Glenn Stevens likes the nags after all. Well, sort of. For the first time since he took the helm of the RBA in 2006, the...

  25. November 6, 2012

    Tokyo carmakers fall after Nissan outlook

    Asian stocks were mixed and activity low with investors reluctant to make any big bets on the last trading day before the...

  26. November 5, 2012

    Political uncertainty weighs on Asia stocks

    Asian stocks fell, mirroring Friday’s drop on Wall Street, with investors turning cautious ahead of key political events in...

  27. November 5, 2012

    US futures and European stocks stabilise

    Thursday 10:00 GMT. European and US equity barometers are striving to stabilise after the post-presidential election...

  28. October 24, 2012

    Australian banks in focus ahead of results

    When the Australian bank reporting season starts on Thursday with annual results from ANZ Bank the focus of investors will...

  29. October 16, 2012

    SoftBank rally helps lift Tokyo’s Nikkei

    Tokyo’s Nikkei index bounced strongly on Tuesday as dealmakers at telecoms group SoftBank reassured investors their shares...

  30. October 11, 2012

    Looser rules won’t get banks lending more

    Why won’t those wretched banks lend money? That is a question many European and American politicians have asked in recent...

  31. September 5, 2012

    Doubts raised over Australian growth

    Australia has cemented its position as the fastest-growing economy in the developed world with another quarter of solid...

  32. August 17, 2012

    ANZ extends pay freeze for 900 top staff

    Australia and New Zealand Banking Group has moved to defuse some of the criticism of bank profits in Australia and...

  33. August 6, 2012

    Banks see the appeal of going local

    Banks have been dominating the news in the northern hemisphere for all the wrong reasons in recent weeks. Perhaps they...

  34. July 13, 2012

    Asian stocks end losing streak

    Asian stocks rose, ending a six-day losing streak, as investors took heart from data showing increasing new loans in China...

  35. July 3, 2012

    Asian shares boosted by easing hopes

    Asian stocks rose for a fifth consecutive session amid hopes that central banks around the world may ease monetary policy to...

  36. June 5, 2012

    Australia cuts rate amid growth fears

    The Reserve Bank of Australia moved to counter sluggish domestic growth and a weakening global economy by cutting its...

  37. May 11, 2012

    Asia falls on global slowdown fears

    Asian shares retreated as investors were spooked by JPMorgan’s $2bn trading losses, and weak economic data from China,...

  38. May 8, 2012

    US and Germany hopes lift Asian shares

    Asian shares rebounded after sharp falls the previous day, amid fading concerns about Europe’s election results and renewed...

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