Market Close Report

20 July 18, 4.30pm (AEST). The Australian sharemarket has finished firmer for a third straight day, with almost all sectors improving. The Materials sector was the exception, falling 1.1%. PREVIOUS REPORT

Aussie exports to China grow

13 Jul 18. China continued to buy our goods and services in June, increasing its imports by 12% to US$9.1bn.

Unemployment rate falls to 5½-year low

19 Jul 18.  Employment rose by 50,900, easily beating expectations in June. 

Annual credit card debt jumps

12 Jul 18. The average credit card balance rose by $56.40 to $3,251.30 in May, up by 4.1 per cent over the year – the strongest annual growth rate in 7½ years. 

Melb draws record Syd air travellers

18 Jul 18. And Victoria is a hot travel destination for Aussies. A record 9.25 million passengers flew on the Sydney-Melbourne route in rolling annual terms in May.

Aussie shoppers rug up as winter bites

20 Jul 18. BSI - Economy-wide spending rose by 0.2% in trend terms in June. The BSI had grown at an average 0.8% trend pace from November 2017 to March 2018.

Best global growth forecast in 7 years

17 Jul 18. The IMF left its forecast for global economic growth unchanged at 3.9 per cent in 2018 and 2019, above the 40-year average growth rate of 3.5 per cent. 

UK tourist arrivals at 11-year highs

16 Jul 18. Over the year to May, the number of UK visitors rose by 1.0 per cent to 734,400 tourists – the largest number in 11 years.

The Week Ahead

20 Jul 18. In Australia, the focus will be on consumer and business inflation. Trade prices are also released. Further information on the jobs market will be keenly observed. In the US, housing market indicators and economic growth are of most interest.

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