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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.
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 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.
Australian zinc producer Zinifex launched an all-cash bid worth up to $668 million for nickel miner Allegiance Mining, the latest in a hectic round of industry consolidation.
The board of New Zealand's Auckland International Airport said shareholders should reject a $1.4 billion partial takeover offer from the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, because it undervalued the company.
Australian consumer sentiment improved in December as relief over the central bank's decision not to raise interest rates enhanced confidence in the economy, a survey showed on Wednesday.
Shares in Australian iron ore prospector Midwest Corp surged over 11 percent on Monday after it received a US$1 billion cash takeover proposal from China's Sinosteel at the end of last week, which trumped an earlier offer from Murchison Metals.
Australian infrastructure firm SP Ausnet pulled out of a plan to pay $7.3 billion for assets of former energy firm Alinta, blaming a downturn in capital markets, sending its shares up 9 percent on Monday.
Rupert Murdoch's younger son James is to return to News Corp. to head its Asian and European operations in a move that appears to make him heir apparent to the global media empire.
Australia cut its official forecast for 2007/08 total commodity export income on Thursday, citing the effects of the worst drought in a century on farming exports as well as a strong Australian dollar.
Australia's central bank skipped a chance to raise interest rates on Wednesday as turmoil in global credit markets clouded the outlook for the world economy, even as economic growth at home hit a three-year high.
Swiss mining group Xstrata offered A$960 million ($842 million) for Australian thermal coal producer Resource Pacific on Wednesday, rivaling an offer last month by New Hope Corp.
Australian retail sales rose less than forecast in October as consumers cut back on household goods purchases after months of heavy spending, reinforcing expectations the central bank will keep rates on hold this week.
Australia's Labor leader Kevin Rudd was sworn in as prime minister on Monday, promising to urgently sign the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. But Rudd said that the country was likely to miss its Kyoto target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2012.
Australian inflation accelerated further above the central bank's comfort zone in November as petrol prices climbed, a private survey showed on Monday, suggesting interest rates might yet have to rise further.
National Australia Bank, the country's top lender by assets, said on Thursday it has agreed to buy the privately owned Great Western Bank for $707 million to expand its U.S. agribusiness banking.
Australia's centre-left Prime Minister-elect Kevin Rudd named Labor's first cabinet in 11 years on Thursday, appointing former academic Wayne Swan to the key economic management job as treasurer.
Australian business investment unexpectedly fell last quarter as the booming mining sector took a breather, though firms still upgraded already ambitious spending plans for coming months.
Symbion Health said on Tuesday that a planned $2.4 billion takeover led by Healthscope would not proceed after Australian tax authorities disallowed tax relief on parts of the deal.
There wasn't much doubt by the end of last week that come late Saturday evening, Australia would indeed see a new Prime Minister and a Labor win. But few suspected the bloodbath, John Howard's ruling Coalition government of 11 solid years would suffer.