• Qantas Cuts 1,500 Jobs as Fuel Price Bites Thursday, 17 Jul 2008 | 9:04 PM ET
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    Australia's biggest airline, Qantas Airways, will cut 4 percent of its workforce and scrap its growth plan for the coming year, saying the business would be at risk if it fails to offset soaring fuel prices.

  • Asian Markets Rebound, Japan Climbs 1% Thursday, 17 Jul 2008 | 5:10 AM ET

    Asian markets rebounded but were off their highs Thursday, boosted by Wall Street's rally Wednesday and a decline in oil prices, providing some relief from fears about the global credit crisis spiraling out of control. Japan closed 1% higher.

  • Australia's Qantas to Axe 2,000 Jobs: Report Wednesday, 16 Jul 2008 | 8:31 PM ET
    Qantas passenger jets parked at their terminal at Sydney Airport.

    Australia's Qantas Airways will sack 2,000 staff as soon as next week to combat sharply rising fuel costs, local newspapers report.  The carrier, already hard hit by strikes over a long-running pay dispute involving engineers, will slash 5% of its 36,000-strong workforce.

  • Asian Stocks Mixed, Economic Uncertainty Remains Wednesday, 16 Jul 2008 | 5:17 AM ET

    Asian markets seesawed Wednesday with investors uncertain about global growth prospects, the state of the financial sector and volatile oil prices. Japan finished flat, South Korea fell but Australia gained over 1%.

  • Financials Sink Asia, Seoul Drops 3%, Tokyo Sheds 2% Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | 5:17 AM ET

    Asian markets tumbled Tuesday with Japan and Australia losing 2% and South Korea tumbling 3%. Investor confidence waned in the region's financial sector, which faces high inflation, a stricter lending environment and massive volatility from overseas markets.

  • RBA Says Monetary Policy Is Cooling Demand Monday, 14 Jul 2008 | 10:04 PM ET

    Australia's central bank was growing more confident that interest rates were high enough to  retrain future inflation when it left rates unchanged at a 12-year high earlier this month, minutes of its July meeting showed on Tuesday.

  • Australia's Centro Sells US Malls for $714 Million Monday, 14 Jul 2008 | 8:35 PM ET

    Centro Properties Group, a high-profile Australian victim of the global credit crunch, is selling almost all of the shopping malls in its Centro America Fund for $714 million, using the cash to pay down debt.

  • Asian Stocks Mostly Lower, Wary of US Plan Monday, 14 Jul 2008 | 5:09 AM ET

    Asian markets were mostly weaker Monday after Washington unveiled an emergency plan to rescue the top U.S. mortgage finance companies, offering to buy shares if necessary. Japan and South Korea both closed slightly lower.

  • Toll to Exit Virgin Blue, Take $1.2 Billion Charge Sunday, 13 Jul 2008 | 8:31 PM ET

    Australia's Toll Holdings said it plans to offload its stake in airline Virgin Blue Holdings, and would take a $1.2 billion charge in its fiscal 2008 profit to reflect the lower value of its stake.

  • Asian Stocks Rally on Fannie, Freddie Report Friday, 11 Jul 2008 | 5:10 AM ET

    Most Asian markets made a sharp turn into positive territory after the New York Times reported that the U.S. government is considering taking over the two top U.S. mortgage finance companies.

  • NAB in Talks to Buy ABN AMRO's Australia, NZ Units Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | 8:30 PM ET

    National Australia Bank, the nation's top lender, said on Friday it was in talks to buy ABN AMRO's operations in Australia and New Zealand which was being sold following ABN's acquisition by a banking consortium including Royal Bank of Scotland.

  • Asian Markets End Mixed as Credit Concerns Persist Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | 5:28 AM ET

    Asian stocks were mixed Thursday with South Korea finishing over 1% higher in a volatile session which saw markets seesawing between negative and positive territory.

  • Australia Jobs Rebound, June Unemployment Dips Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | 10:55 PM ET

    Australian employment staged a surprisingly strong revival in June while the jobless rate ticked down toward three-decade lows, keeping alive the risk that a drum-tight labour market could fuel inflationary pressures.

  • Asian Stocks Pare Gains on Iran Missile Report Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | 5:14 AM ET

    Asian markets pared back gains Wednesday, on news that Iran has test-fired missiles. The report, which came in the afternoon, prompted many investors to lock in profits, sending South Korea down almost 1% and taking back most of the Nikkei's earlier gains.

  • Australia Consumer Confidence Hits 16-Year Low Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | 10:54 PM ET

    A key measure of Australian consumer confidence fell to 16-year lows in July as record petrol prices and a sliding share market hurt family finances, in just the latest sign of spreading economic weakness.

  • Australia's IAG to Scale Back UK Operations Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | 8:51 PM ET

    Insurance Australia Group, Australia's top home and car insurer, announced a partial exit from its struggling UK operations, taking a charge of $333 million in fiscal 2008.

  • Asian Markets Drop Sharply, Financials Drag Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | 5:06 AM ET

    Asian markets took a beating Tuesday, weighed by the financial sector after sharp declines in shares of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the U.S. on funding concerns reminded investors about the fragility of global credit markets.

  • Australia June Business Confidence at 7-Year Low Monday, 7 Jul 2008 | 10:39 PM ET

    Australian business conditions deteriorated sharply in June as profits and sales fell from the previous month, providing further evidence the economy was cooling and relieving some of the pressure for more rate hikes.

  • Asian Markets Finish the Day Mixed Monday, 7 Jul 2008 | 5:06 AM ET
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    Asian markets ended mixed Monday, with Sydney down 1.6 percent while Shanghai jumped 4.6 percent. However, sentiment remained weak after credit concerns pushed European indexes lower. The market lacked direction overall as investors waited for the U.S. to reopen after the Independence Day long holiday weekend.

  • BHP Secures Iron Ore Price Similar to Rio's: Source Friday, 4 Jul 2008 | 1:15 PM ET

    BHP Billiton has secured price rises for its iron ore shipments to China similar to the near-doubling of prices won by rival Rio Tinto, Chinese industry officials familiar with the agreement told Reuters on Friday.