The Australian economy grew by 0.6% in the September quarter, missing consensus forecasts 

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Evening Report

12 Dec 17, 4.30pm (AEDT). The Aussie market improved for the fourth day, with the ASX 200 lifting 0.2% and closing above 6000pts for the first time in a fortnight. PREVIOUS REPORT

Housing Finance

8 Dec 17. The heat has come out of the home loan market - the number of loans (commitments) for budding home owners or owner-occupiers, fell by 0.6 per cent in October after falling by 2.5 per cent in September

The Week Ahead

1 Dec 17. The month of December begins in Australia with the Reserve Bank meeting, economic growth, retail and international trade data being released. The US employment report & China inflation features overseas.

Buoyant sharemarkets

23 Nov 17. A raft of global sharemarkets have either hit record highs in recent weeks or have lifted to multi-year highs. 

Record exports to China

7 Dec 17. Australia recorded a 12th straight monthly trade surplus in October. The trade surplus fell from a revised $1,604m in September to just $105m in October. 

2018 Big Issues

4 Dec 17. The Big Issues of 2018: CommSec Chief Economisrt Craig James breaks down the key issues for marekts and investing in 2018, including US President Donald Trump, inflation, the disconnect between jobs and wages and the housing market. 

Economy growing at 2.8% annual rate

6 Dec 17. The economy grew by 0.6% in the September quarter after rising by 0.9% in the June quarter.

Petrol price pain

11 Dec 17. According to the Australian Institute of Petroleum, the national average Australian price of unleaded petrol fell by 2.6 cents last week to 135.9 cents a litre.

Business conditions slump

12 Dec 17. The NAB business conditions index fell from a 20-year high of +21.1 to +12.2 points in November.

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