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  • Australia's Trade Deficit Widens, Drags on Growth Thursday, 1 Feb 2007 | 10:57 PM ET

    Australia's trade deficit widened 52% in December as imports of capital goods climbed while the drought hit farm exports, implying trade cut a sizable chunk out of economic growth for the fourth quarter as a whole.

  • Australia Inflation Slows, Curbs Rate Risks Tuesday, 23 Jan 2007 | 10:44 PM ET

    Australia's underlying inflation rate slowed by more than expected in the fourth quarter while consumer prices fell for the first time in eight years, greatly lessening the risks of another rise in interest rates.

  • Australian energy retailer AGL Energy said it has approached Origin Energy about a potential A$13 billion (US$10 billion) merger to create the country's biggest gas and electricity supplier.

  • Australia's monopoly wheat exporter, AWB Ltd., will lose its right to veto wheat export deals by its rivals for six months, Prime Minister John Howard said Tuesday.

  • Australia's Current Account Deficit Narrows Monday, 4 Dec 2006 | 9:33 PM ET

    Australia's current account deficit narrows  in the third quarter as improved trade performance added to economic growth for the first time in almost five years.

  • Insurance Australia Group Ltd. has agreed to buy British auto insurance underwriter Equity Insurance Group for $1.13 billion, its second acquisition in the UK market.