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Nov 15, 2011

The Australian | Business Briefing Update: Wages rise less than expected

Wages rise less than expected
AUSTRALIAN wages excluding bonuses rose a seasonally adjusted 0.7 per cent in the third quarter, less than expected.
ANZ prices first covered bonds
Enda Curran ANZ has raised $US1.25 billion from the first issue of covered bonds from a local lender, ahead of an expected wave of issuance.
New Hope signs up suitors
David Fickling UP to 15 different parties have signed confidentiality agreements with New Hope Corp in considering an offer for the miner.
RBA changes a boost for banks
Enda Curran and Geoffrey Rogow THE RBA has detailed the make up of a new facility to help banks meet global rules, which analysts said are positive for lenders.
Apple taps Levinson as chair
Jessica E. Vascellaro APPLE has named Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger to its board and Arthur Levinson to the chairman post previously held by Steve Jobs.
Eurozone sliding into recession
Brian Blackstone THE eurozone economy barely grew in the third quarter, raising fears the euro bloc may already be sliding into recession.
Monti set to present his plan
Christopher Emsden ITALIAN Prime Minister-designate Mario Monti is set to present his plan to govern Italy, as yields on Italian bonds breached 7pc.
Pace of growth slows: Westpac
James Glynn SLOWING growth in Australian economic activity signals that a mid-year improvement has been short-lived, a Westpac survey showed.
Financial Markets
Stocks edge higher on mixed signs
AUSTRALIAN shares were higher, as a positive lead from the US was counterbalanced by continued worries about the eurozone.
Wall St rises on retail spend
Oil nears $US100 a barrel
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Mining & Energy
New Hope signs up suitors
David Fickling UP to 15 different parties have signed confidentiality agreements with New Hope Corp in considering an offer for the miner.
Oil nears $US100 a barrel
Gold ekes out small gain
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Smartcompany News and Analysis: Fresh fruit supplier collapses, What SMEs can learn from Bonds online, Govt rules out bumper Fair Work changes, The private betting website explosion

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Today on SmartCompany, we pinpoint what makes Bonds’ new online offering work, find out why NAB thinks manufacturing has a strong future despite a downbeat report on the industry, and look at the collapse of a Victorian fruit and vegetable supplier as a billionaire calls for Australia to quadruple its food production. And in Entrepreneur Watch, SmartCompany editor James Thomson questions whether Apple’s practice of getting products out there and fixing problems on the fly can continue as their products become more mainstream.

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