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Soft export prices hit terms of trade: Financial and Forex Info News | The Australian Business Briefing

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  Soft export prices hit terms of trade Staff Reporter AUSTRALIA'S terms of trade declined in the fourth quarter for the first time since 2010 as export prices softened.   Stocks close with mild gains Sarah Turner SHARES closed with modest gains today, as early optimism  tempered a touch after the release of Chinese and local economic data.   China factories in slow lane Aaron Back CHINA'S factories held in the slow lane for the third straight month, HSBC's initial reading of manufacturing activity showed today.   RBA has room to cut rates: PM James Massola JULIA Gillard says the government will rely on the RBA to insulate Australia against a global downturn, saying it has room to cut rates.   Optus deal pushes NBN ahead John Durie THE NBN moved one step forward today, with Optus signing its wholesale deal, joining some 25 retail suppliers in agreeing to terms.   Apple's push to kil

FINANCIAL & FOREX INFO NEWS: Qantas to increase fuel levy | The Australian Business Briefing

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FINANCIAL & FOREX INFO NEWS Thu Feb 03 17:00:30 EST 2011 Qantas to increase fuel levy UPDATED Steve Creedy, Aviation writer QANTAS will increase its fuel levy for the first time since early 2008 with rises of between $20 and $50 one-way on international fares.   Rinehart richest Australian: Forbes Asia Andrew Burrell GINA Rinehart is the first woman to top Forbes Asia's list of the wealthiest Australians, with an estimated fortune of $US9 billion.   Shares rise as miners, insurers rally UPDATED THE Australian sharemarket closed in the black today as miners rallied on record copper prices overnight and insurance stocks rebounded.   News launches digital 'voice' The Daily UPDATED James Chessell NEWS Corporation's "all media" news service, The Daily , paves the way for a long-awaited subscription model on Apple's iTunes store.   QBE tipped to unveil Balboa deal Andrew Main QBE I