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  • Qantas Bid Group Will Not Make Fresh Offer Wednesday, 16 May 2007 | 8:14 PM ET

    A consortium that made a failed $9 billion bid for Australia's Qantas Airways said on Thursday it would not launch a fresh offer for the airline.

  • Macquarie Bank Raises $625 Million Via Share Sale Wednesday, 16 May 2007 | 1:35 AM ET

    Macquarie Bank, Australia's top listed investment bank, said it raised $625 million from a sale of new shares to fund its international expansion.

  • A key indicator of wages in Australia rose by much less than expected last quarter, easing fears that a drum-tight labor market would stoke inflation and lead to higher interest rates.

  • Australia Consumer Confidence Jumps to Record in May Tuesday, 15 May 2007 | 8:52 PM ET

    Australian consumer confidence jumped to record highs in May, boosted by a heady mix of tax cuts, strong employment, low inflation and stable interest rates, a survey showed on Wednesday.

  • Macquarie 2006 Profit Jumps 60% Beating Estimates Monday, 14 May 2007 | 7:36 PM ET

    Macquarie Bank posted a 60% jump in 2006 profit, earning $1.2 billion and beating analysts' forecasts, boosted by strong deal flows and robust equity markets.

  • KKR Starts Due Diligence on Australia's Coles Sunday, 13 May 2007 | 8:23 PM ET

    The auction process for Australia's second largest retailer, Coles Group , has kicked into gear, with a private-equity consortium led by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts the first group to start due diligence.

  • Australia's largest telecom Telstra said on Monday it would consider all its options if it received any takeover approaches. 

  • Alinta Backs Revised Babcock & Brown Offer Thursday, 10 May 2007 | 11:06 PM ET

    Alinta, Australia's largest energy infrastructure firm, said it had recommended an improved offer from investment bank Babcock & Brown worth up to $6.74 billion, scuttling Macquarie Bank's rival bid.

  • Australian Jobs Surge, Unemployment at 32-Year Low Wednesday, 9 May 2007 | 10:55 PM ET

    Australian employment surged in April, driving the jobless rate to a 32-year trough and stoking concerns a super-tight labor market would eventually threaten higher inflation and interest rates.

  • National Australia Bank, the nation's top lender, beat forecasts with a 23% rise in first-half cash earnings on Thursday, on strong loan growth and rapid progress at its U.K. divisions.

  • Qantas Says APA Will Have to Do Better Next Time Tuesday, 8 May 2007 | 10:42 PM ET
    Qantas passenger jets parked at their terminal at Sydney Airport.

    Australia's Qantas Airways indicated on Wednesday it would not back a new takeover offer pitched at the same price as the failed $9 billion bid from a consortium including Macquarie Bank.

  • Qantas passenger jets parked at their terminal at Sydney Airport.

    The buyout group bidding for Australia's Qantas Airways declared its $9 billion offer dead on Tuesday after deciding not to pursue a legal case over shareholder acceptances.

  • Australia's Publishing & Broadcasting said on Tuesday it would split its gaming and media assets into two listed companies, sending its shares up as much as 8.5%.

  • Qantas passenger jets parked at their terminal at Sydney Airport.

    The buyout group bidding for Australia's Qantas Airways said on Monday it was considering launching a new offer for the airline following the collapse of its previous $9 billion bid.

  • Australia's Macquarie Makes New Offer for Alinta Sunday, 6 May 2007 | 9:01 PM ET

    Australian investment firm Macquarie Bank has raised its offer for energy infrastructure firm Alinta to at least $6.5 billion, a source familiar with the situation said on Monday.

  • AGL Energy Eyes Deal with Macquarie for AlintaAGL Thursday, 3 May 2007 | 10:46 PM ET

    AGL Energy, Australia's largest energy retailer, said on Friday it would team up with Macquarie Bank to acquire the 67% of the AlintaAGL retail business it does not own, if Macquarie makes a revised bid for Alinta.

  • Australia's Central Bank Lowers 2007 Inflation Forecast Thursday, 3 May 2007 | 10:01 PM ET

    Australia's central bank on Friday cut its forecast for underlying inflation this year to 2.5%, right in the middle of its target band and suggesting a much-reduced risk of a rise in interest rates for  the next few months.

  • Westpac Banking Posts 11% Rise in First-Half Profit Wednesday, 2 May 2007 | 8:34 PM ET

    Westpac Banking, Australia's fourth-biggest lender, said on Thursday first-half cash profit climbed 11%, spurred by higher demand for loans and a strong performance by its wealth management business.

  • Australia's Central Bank Holds Rates Steady at 6.25% Tuesday, 1 May 2007 | 8:12 PM ET

    Australia's central bank kept interest rates steady at 6.25% on Wednesday, as slowing inflation gave it scope to skip a tightening despite strong domestic demand and a drum-tight labor market.

  • St. George Bank, Australia's fifth-biggest lender, met expectations with a record first-half profit on Tuesday on strong loan growth and a booming wealth management business, andupgraded its full-year forecasts.