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  1. Business - Companies - TAKEOVERS

    Consortium led by Li Ka-shing raises stake in Australia's Envestra to 90pc

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 01:34am by Sandy Li

    ... Sandy Li sandy.li@scmp.com Li companies' stake in Envestra exceeds 90pc A consortium controlled by Li Ka-shing has raised its stake in one of Australia's largest distributors ... to the Corporations Act 2001 of Australia and subsequently apply for the shares of Envestra to be delisted". Cheung Kong (Holdings), Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings and Power Assets Holdings each ...

  2. Business - Economy

    Australia business conditions survey at loftiest in four years

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 01:11am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Sydney Against backdrop of rising sales and profits, companies report increased confidence, while home owners are buoyed by climbing values Business pulse in Australia lifts ... a massive A$492 billion (HK$3.53 billion) to the value of Australia's housing stock. National Australia Bank's survey of more than 400 firms showed its index of business conditions jumped ...

  3. Business - Economy

    Australia business conditions survey at loftiest in four years

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 03:35pm by Reuters

    ... adding a massive A$492 billion (HK$3.54 trillion) to the value of Australia’s housing stock. National Australia Bank’s survey of more than 400 firms showed its index of business conditions jumped ... average. The improvement would be welcome news to the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) which has held interest rates at record lows of 2.5 per cent for an entire year to support the economy ...

  4. Business - Companies - TAKEOVERS

    Second offer sets up battle for Australia's Treasury Wine Estates

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 12:56am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Sydney Second offer sets up battle for Australian winemaker Australia's Treasury Wine Estates said yesterday it had received a second, unsolicited A$3.37 billion (HK$24.23 billion) takeover approach, from a suitor it did not identify. The development sets the scene for a potential bidding war for the world's No2 winemaker. The offer matches last week's bid ...

  5. Business - Commodities - COMMODITIES

    Australia cotton output blighted by dry spell, may sink 50pc

    Posted Aug 09th 2014, 04:10am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Melbourne Australian cotton crop may slump 50pc amid drought Cotton production in Australia may plummet as much as 50 per cent next season as drought curbs water supplies in the world's third-biggest exporter, according to growers and shippers. Output might be between two million and 2.5 million bales in 2014-15 from about four million this year, said Cotton Australia ...

  6. Business - Commodities - LAWSUITS

    Citic subsidiary faces more legal action over metals stored in Qingdao

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 09:39am by Jeanny Yu

    ... Resources said Shanxi Coal Import & Export, a subsidiary of Shanxi Coal International, had launched legal action against Citic Australia Commodity Trading, a trading firm owned by Citic ... court over a quantity of Citic Australia’s alumina and copper stored at bonded warehouses at Qingdao port. Citic Resources said in June that a court had been unable to secure more than 120,000 ...

  7. Business - Economy - AGRICULTURE

    Punting on Australian food bowl

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 03:33am by Glen Norris

    ... Glen Norris in Brisbane Northern Australia's bid to become a rich source of agricultural products for Asia is fraught with issues, such as land rights, transport and weather Punting on the food bowl Australia's northern region- a 3 million sq km expanse of floodplains, rainforest and grasslands- is perhaps best known as being the home of the mythical knife-wielding Hollywood ...

  8. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Australia's July jobless rate soars to 12-year high

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 04:28am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Sydney Australia's jobless rate soars to 12-year high Australia's jobless rate jumped to a 12-year high of 6.4 per cent last month in what could be a major blow ... a weak result," said Michael Blythe, a chief economist at Commonwealth Bank of Australia. "I think we'll see a bit more pricing of a chance of rate cuts again, a 6.4 per cent ...

  9. Business - Banking & Finance - REGULATION

    Australia's RBA keeps steady course on rates

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 03:12am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Sydney Australia's central bank keeps rates at 2.5pc and signals more of the same as mining boom cools RBA's steady course set to continue Australia's central ... with a cooling mining boom. The local dollar inched higher as the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) stopped short of actively trying to talk the currency lower, noting only that it was high by historical ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - THE VIEW

    China to thank for Aussie bubble

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 10:55am by Cathy Holcombe

    ... imagine yourself around the dinner table with the family of a Chinese mining executive who is just back from a posting in Australia. Maybe the conversation would go something like this: "We ... Pacific owes him on its Western Australian mine project. Even in the early 1990s, nearly half of Australia’s labour force was unionised To rouse some broader sympathies, Palmer (pictured) made ...




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