• Centro Optimistic on Bank Deadline, Shares Surge Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 12:46 AM ET

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  • Australia Inflation Jumps, Sounds Rate Alarm Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 9:06 PM ET

    Australia's core inflation rate accelerated to its fastest pace in 16 years last quarter, adding greatly to the domestic case for a rise in interest rates even as turmoil in global markets seemed to argue against one.

  • City Pacific Pulls Plug on MFS Deal Sunday, 20 Jan 2008 | 9:54 PM ET

    Australian financial services firm City Pacific dropped its $1.1 billion plan to buy the management business of rival MFS after financing worries saw MFS shares' plunge.

  • Australia Producer Prices Tempered by Food, Imports Sunday, 20 Jan 2008 | 9:06 PM ET

    Australia's producer prices rose by less than forecast last quarter as falls in the price of food and imported electronics helped temper rising fuel and construction costs, taking some steam out of inflation fears.

  • Australia's MFS to Split Business into Two Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 | 7:44 PM ET

    MFS, an Australian financial services and property group, said on Friday it would split its businesses into two listed companies, possibly clearing the way for rival City Pacific to buy its funds management business.

  • Allegiance Rejects Zinifex's $654 Million Offer Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 | 12:49 AM ET

    Allegiance Mining has rejected a takeover bid of up to $654 million from fellow Australian miner Zinifex, saying the offer was inadequate.

  • Australia's Jobless Rate Falls in December Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008 | 9:18 PM ET

    Employment in Australia recorded another solid rise in December while the jobless rate fell by  more than expected, underlining a domestic case for a rise in interest rates, even as a troubled global outlook argued against one.

  • Qantas Says Dreamliner Delay Will Not Hurt Earnings Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008 | 6:52 PM ET
    Qantas passenger jets parked at their terminal at Sydney Airport.

    Australian carrier Qantas Airways said on Thursday that a delay in the delivery of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes won't affect earnings or strategy, but it will be seeking compensation.

  • Australian Consumer Sentiment Sours in January Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 10:44 PM ET

    Australian consumer sentiment soured in January as rising petrol prices and borrowing costs combined with sliding equities and global gloom to take the gloss off an otherwise robust economy, a survey showed on Wednesday.

  • Australia's MFS Is Considering Stella Split Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 10:18 PM ET

    Australian financial services and property group MFS, target of a takeover bid from rival City Pacific, said on Wednesday it was considering separating its Stella tourism business from its financial services division.

  • Shopping mall owner Centro Properties Group, a high-profile Australian casualty of the global credit crunch, warned on Tuesday it may have more debt to refinance than it previously said, sending its share price down by nearly half.

  • Australian Price Pressures Grow in Strong Economy Sunday, 13 Jan 2008 | 10:28 PM ET

    A private gauge of Australian inflation rose sharply in December as fuel, borrowing costs and rents all climbed, heightening the risk that official inflation figures could be alarming enough to warrant a rate hike.

  • Australia's Alumina Cuts Year Earnings Outlook Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008 | 7:23 PM ET

    Australia's Alumina cut its full-year underlying earnings forecast by 17 percent on Thursday, citing lower aluminum prices, a higher Australian dollar and increased costs.

  • Australians Busy Shopping, Add to Rate Risk Tuesday, 8 Jan 2008 | 10:36 PM ET

    Australia's retail sales rose by more than expected in November as strong growth in jobs and incomes offset increases in interest rates and petrol prices, suggesting rates may yet have to rise again to cool demand. Wednesday's government data showed retail sales climbed 0.8 percent seasonally adjusted in November to A$20.07 billion ($17.6 billion). That handily beat forecasts of a 0.5 percent gain while sales increased by 8.1 percent on the year, the equal highest increase since June 2004.

  • Ukraine Billionaire Wins Control of Consolidated Thursday, 3 Jan 2008 | 1:58 AM ET

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  • Babcock Ups Earnings Forecast Again, Shares Rise Sunday, 23 Dec 2007 | 11:20 PM ET

    Babcock & Brown, an Australian investment and advisory firm, raised its earnings per share growth forecast to at least 45 percent on Monday, boosting its shares as much as 5.5 percent.

  • Australia's BlueScope Buys US Steelmaker IMSA Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 10:06 PM ET

    Australia's largest steelmaker BlueScope Steel said it had agreed to buy U.S. steelmaker IMSA Steel Corp for $730 million, accelerating its North American expansion.

  • Australia's Centro Says Still Viable, Shares Rebound Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | 10:15 PM ET

    Shares of Centro Properties Group, which owns and manages 700 shopping malls in the United States, rebounded as much as 85 percent on Wednesday after the company reassured investors it was still viable, helping it recover from two days of heavy falls.

  • Australia's Centro Property Shares Halve in Value Monday, 17 Dec 2007 | 7:27 PM ET

    Shares in Australia's Centro Properties Group dived by more than 50 percent on Tuesday, a day after losing three-quarters of their value after it said it is having trouble refinancing $1.1 billion in debt.

  • Australia's Centro Hit by Credit Crunch, Shares Dive Sunday, 16 Dec 2007 | 9:33 PM ET

    Australia's Centro Properties Group, which manages U.S. malls with tenants from TJ Maxx to Wal-Mart, warned it is having trouble refinancing $1.1 billion in debt and may have to restructure because of fallout from the U.S. subprime crisis.