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16 Aug 18, 4.30pm (AEST). Aussie shares recovered from a slow start to end the day flat. The ASX 200 closed closed at 6328 despite being down as much as 0.75% in early trade. PREVIOUS REPORT

Female wage growth outpaces males

16 Aug 18. The female Average weekly ordinary time earnings AWOTE rose by 3.4% over the year to May.

Reporting Season Coverage

2 Aug 18. Reporting Season is now underway. View our analysis of IAG, CSL, Wesfarmers & Woodside Petroleum.

China economic data

14 Aug 18. Home building supports Chinese economy. Signs the economy has softened however, although annual growth rates still regarded as impressive for any other industrial economy. Some of the softer growth would also reflect the maturation of the economy. 

Aussie wages lift modestly

15 Aug 18. The wage price index rose by 0.6% in the June quarter after a 0.5% rise in the March quarter. Annual wage growth lifted to 2.1% WATCH VIDEO

Best remployment conditions on record

14 Aug 18. Aussie businesses are in good health. Conditions remain elevated, despite the NAB index easing from recent record highs.

Jobless rate declines in July

16 Aug 18. The unemployment rate fell to 5.3 per cent in July, down from 5.4 per cent in June. But at 5.32 per cent it is the lowest unemployment rate in 5½ years.

Chinese imports soar

8 Aug 18. China says it wants to buy more imported goods. It's certainly living up to its side of the bargain. Over the year to July China's exports lifted by 12.2% with imports up 27.3%. As a result the trade surplus narrowed from US$41.47 billion to US$28.05bn.

The Week Ahead

10 Aug 18. In Australia, the release of the June quarter Wage Price Index dominates the local agenda during the week. The semi-annual update on average weekly earnings will also be keenly observed together with the July jobs report.

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