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Australia shares up for 5th consecutive week, Woolworths hits record high SYDNEY: Australian shares added 0.6 percent on Thursday as investors took heart from a modicum of stability on Wall Street after the recent heavy tech-driven selloff, though activity was subdued ahead of the long Easter and Anzac Day holiday break. The S&P/ASX 200 index climbed 33.9 points to 5,454.2 at the close of trade. The benchmark rose 0.6 percent and is up 0.5 percent for the week, its fifth consecutive week of gains. Elsewhere, consumer retail staple Woolworths Ltd jumped 2.1 percent to finish at an all-time closing high of A$37.09. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index added 0.3 percent or 12.8 points to finish the session at 5,103.3. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

Australia shares up 0.5pc on Wall St, trade subdued before Easter break SYDNEY: Australian shares rose 0.5 percent on Thursday morning as investors took heart from a modicum of stability on Wall Street after the recent heavy tech-driven selloff, though activity was subdued ahead of the long Easter and Anzac Day holiday break. The index-heavy finance sector underpinned the market. Westpac Banking Corp gained 0.9 percent and National Australia Bank added 0.6 percent. NAB said it has appointed Anthony Healy as managing director and chiefexecutive officer of ...
Asian stocks struggle higher, lack conviction SYDNEY: Asian share markets eked out gains on Thursday as dovish comments from the head of the US Federal Reserve combined with an upbeat economic assessment from the central bank to lift Wall Street for a third straight session. However, disappointing results from Google and IBM knocked their shares lower after the bell and could crimp technology stocks in the region. Indeed, the tech and telecoms sectors in Japan's Nikkei were in the red on ...
Australia shares slide on Wall St selloff, Ukraine worries SYDNEY: Australian shares slid 1.3 percent on Monday, their biggest decline in a month, as risk appetite was knocked back by tensions in Ukraine and last week's sharp tech-driven selloff on Wall Street. The United States prepared to step up sanctions against Moscow if pro-Russian military actions in eastern Ukraine continue, a senior US envoy said on Sunday, but it is unclear whether new measures will win European support or slow the Russian-backed separatist revolt.The ...
Australia shares slip on Wall St woes, safe-haven buying in gold caps SYDNEY: Australian shares slipped 0.5 percent on Monday as investors remained wary of last week's sharp tech-driven selloff on Wall Street, though a safety-bid for gold miners helped to contain broad market losses. Banking and mining stocks tugged the market lower. National Australia Bank slipped 0.5 percent, and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group shed 0.4 percent. Miners BHP Billiton Ltd and Rio Tinto Ltd lost 0.3 percent and 0.8 percent, respectively, after Shanghai rebar ...
Australia shares up 0.3pc to near 6-year high on Wall St rise, robust jobs data SYDNEY: Australian shares rose 0.3 percent to a near six-year high on Thursday as a rally on Wall Street and an upbeat local jobs report buoyed investor optimism. Australian employment rose by a solid 18,100 in March to handily beat expectations for a second month, while the jobless rate took a surprise dive to 5.8 percent. The S&P/ASX 200 index gained 17.0 points to finish at 5,480.8, after touching an intraday high of 5,503.5, its ...
Australia shares near 6-year high after Wall St rally, jobs data SYDNEY: Australian shares rose to a near six-year high on Thursday as a rally on Wall Street and an upbeat local jobs report buoyed investor optimism. Australian employment rose by a solid 18,100 in March to handily beat expectations for a second month, while the jobless rate took a surprise dive to 5.8 percent.The Big Four banks underpinned the market for a second session.Westpac Banking Corp added 0.8 percent, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group ...

 



 
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Annual2012/13
Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
MonthlyFebruary
Trade Balance $-1.433 bln
Exports $2.167 bln
Imports $3.600 bln
WeeklyApril 14, 2014
Reserves $9.713 bln