Mid-Session Report

21 Mar 19, 12pm (AEDT). Local shares are facing a third straight day of losses as the ASX 200 edges lower at lunch. The Aussie dollar has jumped on a dovish US Fed & a lower local unemployment rate PREVIOUS REPORT

Spending lifts in Feb

20 Mar 19. Economy-wide spending is growing at the fastest pace in nine months according to the CBA Business Sales Indicator (BSI). The BSI rose by 0.5% in February after a similar lift in January. 

Housing wealth falls

19 Mar 19. Australian home prices fell by 2.4% in the December quarter to stand 5.1% lower over the year. Sydney home sales activity fell to 13,991 in the December quarter - the lowest level in 15½ years.   

China data encourages

14 Mar 19. Chinese retail sales rose at an 8.2 per cent annual rate in the year to January/February, (forecast: +8.1 per cent), and unchanged from December. 

Dividend Imputation

11 Mar 19. Labor's dividend imputation reform proposal will extend the system where imputation credits can be used to reduce tax, but will end the system where excess dividend imputation credits can be used for cash refunds. Read the fact sheet for more information. 

Record Aussies holiday in Japan

15 Mar 19. A record 41,200 Aussies travelled to Japan in Jan. Over the year, a record-breaking 465,600 holidaymakers landed in Japan, up by 14.4%.

Diesel prices at 13-week highs

18 Mar 19. The national average diesel petrol price rose by 1.0 cent to a 13-week high of 148.3 cents a litre. 

Skilled job vacancies fall most in 3½ years

20 Mar 19. In trend terms, the Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) fell by 0.9% to 83.8 points in February. 

The Week Ahead

15 Mar 19. Ryan Felsman previews the events scheduled for the week ahead including the RBA Board Minutes, the February employment data and the latest population figures. WATCH VIDEO

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