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  • James Hardie Profit Slides 61%, Shares Sink Wednesday, 21 May 2008 | 9:15 PM ET
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    Building materials group James Hardie Industries reported a worse-than-expected 61 percent drop in fourth-quarter profit on Thursday, hit by a slump in U.S. home-building, knocking its shares down as much as 8%.

  • SP AusNet's Year Profit Falls 6.3% Wednesday, 21 May 2008 | 8:17 PM ET

    Australian infrastructure firm SP AusNet reported a 6.3%  fall in its 2007/08 year profit on Thursday, and said it expected the current year's result would be of a similar level after higher interest charges.

  • ArcelorMittal Buys Stake in Macarthur Coal Wednesday, 21 May 2008 | 11:48 AM ET

    ArcelorMittal, the world's top steel maker, is in talks with Australia's Macarthur Coal after buying a 15 percent stake in the company, setting up a possible bidding war for the A$4.4 billion group and pushing its shares up 14 percent.

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  • Australia's QBE Insurance Scraps IAG Bid Tuesday, 20 May 2008 | 9:16 PM ET

    QBE Insurance dropped its $8.4 billion bid proposal for Insurance Australia Group after IAG rejected it as too low, triggering an 8 percent slide in IAG's shares.

  • AWB Australia First-Half Profit Rises 89% Tuesday, 20 May 2008 | 8:43 PM ET

    AWB, Australia's largest wheat exporter, said on Wednesday its half-year net profit rose 89 percent to $21.4 million, after good results from its Landmark rural services division.

  • Macquarie's Profit Up, Sees Challenge Ahead Monday, 19 May 2008 | 7:54 PM ET

    Macquarie Group, Australia's top investment bank, posted a 1.4% rise in second-half profit, and said it would be challenging, though possible, to repeat its record full-year profit this year.

  • Australian Insurer QBE Sweetens Bid for Rival IAG Sunday, 18 May 2008 | 10:54 PM ET

    QBE Insurance Group, Australia's top insurer by premium income, raised its bid for smaller rival Insurance Australia Group to  $8.3 billion but said it thought the new and final offer would be rejected.

  • BHP Billiton Shares Rise on Fresh China Stake Talk Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 8:47 PM ET

    Chinese interests have approached a major Australian superannuation and investment fund to be their partner in a multi-billion-dollar swoop on 9 percent of BHP Billiton, The Australian newspaper reported.

  • Australia Barley Exporter Says Japan Shipment Clean Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 1:13 AM ET

    An Australian barley exporter said on Thursday it had found no evidence that a 20,000 ton shipment to Japan contained excessive pesticides, after Japan cancelled the purchase.

  • Australia's CSR Year Profit Falls 20% Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 9:35 PM ET

    St George Bank, Australia's fifth-biggest lender by assets, reported a weaker-than-expected 6.2% rise in first-half profit amid tough market conditions, and trimmed its year growth target.

  • Australia Central Bank Holds Rates, Sees Slowdown Tuesday, 6 May 2008 | 1:38 AM ET

    Australia's central bank kept interest rates steady at a 12-year high of 7.25 percent on Tuesday, pointing to a slowdown in demand which could mean a further tightening is not needed.1st paragraph of story should go here

  • St George Bank's Profit Up, Lowers Year Target Monday, 5 May 2008 | 7:57 PM ET

    St George Bank, Australia's fifth-biggest lender by assets, reported a weaker-than-expected 6.2% rise in first-half profit amid tough market conditions, and trimmed its year growth target.

  • Australia's Incitec Pivot Profit More Than Triples Sunday, 4 May 2008 | 9:07 PM ET

    Incitec Pivot's first-half profit more than tripled, spurred by a massive increase in fertilizer prices which should propel full-year earnings above forecast, the Australian fertilizer maker said.

  • ANZ Bank Wins Latest Round Over Opes Sales Friday, 2 May 2008 | 1:38 AM ET

    Australia & New Zealand Bank has won the first round in a test-case court battle over its sale of some shares it had seized as collateral from failed local stockbroker Opes Prime.

  • Australia's Santos Mulls Plans Amid Takeover Action Friday, 2 May 2008 | 1:16 AM ET

    Australian oil and gas producer Santos said on Friday it was considering potential strategic initiatives as it comes under pressure to grow amid moves towards consolidation in the sector.

  • Allco Expects Over $1.4 Billion Loss in Fiscal 2008 Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 10:12 PM ET

    Australian investment group Allco Finance said it faced a loss in excess of $1.4 billion in fiscal 2008 due to writedowns, impairments, cheap asset sales and restructuring costs.

  • Westpac's Profit Rises 10%, Sees Slower Loan Growth Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 | 8:38 PM ET

    Westpac Banking, Australia's fourth-biggest lender, met analysts' forecasts with a 10 percent rise in first-half core profit, driven by growth in business and consumer lending. 

  • BG Group Offers $12 Billion for Australia's Origin Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 8:41 PM ET

    British utility BG Group has offered $12.1 billion for Origin Energy, Australia's second-largest power retailer, as it looks to establish itself as a major player in the Pacific region, sending Origin's shares up nearly 40%.

  • China Group to Up Stake in Australia's Apollo Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 12:19 AM ET

    Chinese Iron and Steel Group (CISG) plans to lift its stake in Australian prospector Apollo Minerals to 19.9 percent, Apollo said on Tuesday, the latest Chinese move into Australia'sresource sector.