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Banks stocks have been hard hit on the equities market, now open after a five week suspension.

Greek stocks plummet on day one 

George Georgiopoulos and Angeliki Koutantou

The main Athens stock market shed 16 per cent on Monday - its first day of trade after a five-week shutdown - as shares of the country's major banks plunged.

Sport remains one of the most valuable television commodities.

News Corp could hold 'too much power'

Max Mason, John Stensholt

Foxtel's proposed acquisition of 15 per cent of Ten Network Holdings risks giving News Corporation too much influence in broadcast rights negotiations.

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Dick Smith targets small appliances

Sue Mitchell

Dick Smith is taking a leaf out of its rival JB Hi-Fi's book and plans to establish small appliance shop-in-shops under the ConnectedHome brand in about 100 Dick Smith stores.


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In Depth

Air passengers warned to expect delays

Workers at Melbourne Airprot stop work amid an industrial campaign for better pay.
Daniella Miletic

Passengers at international airports across the country can expect delays due to a customs and immigration staff strike.

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Commodities swing from bad to worse

Workers in a factory in Shenzhen, China, where manufacturers are reporting lower output.
Vesna Poljak

The bad news keeps mounting for commodities after the sector was dealt a further blow with weaker than expected China data leaving experts to warn of more production sites to close.

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The Economy

Demand for the sharing economy is rising

Qantas club lounge, melbourne. generic- frequent flyer, qantas, business man. AFR Picture by Jessica Hromas, 051128.
Jamie Freed

Growing demand from corporate travellers to use sharing economy businesses like Airbnb and Uber is posing both opportunities and questions for business.


Dick Smith targets small appliances

Dick Smith NZ
Sue Mitchell

Dick Smith is taking a leaf out of its rival JB Hi-Fi's book and plans to establish small appliance shop-in-shops.

Banking & Finance

IOOF executive's final warning 'went stale'

IOOF is believed to have reported 13 adviser-related breaches to ASIC in the past two years.
Adele Ferguson and Sarah Danckert

An IOOF senior executive received two final warnings for misconduct rather than being dismissed because the first warning had "gone stale".

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World Business

Greek financial markets set to plunge 20%

Greek financial markets reopen on Monday after a five-week suspension as talks continue with creditors.

Greek financial markets reopen on Monday after a five-week suspension as talks continue with creditors on austerity measures and reforms required for a third bailout.


Manufacturing shrinks at fastest rate in years

Fears of a full-blown market crash have added a new sense of urgency for policymakers in Beijing. A private index shows manufacturing shrinking at the fastest rate in two years.

China's factory activity shrank more than initially estimated in July, contracting by the most in two years as new orders fell and dashing hopes that the world's second-largest economy may be steadying.

China stocks post worst monthly fall since 2009

After more than doubling in a year, China's stock markets fell into a savage correction in mid-June.

China stocks fell on Friday and posted their biggest monthly loss in nearly six years, even as Beijing rolled out a series of support measures and promised to step up efforts to bolster the flagging economy.

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Property Focus

LVMH sales strong despite China slump

The Louis Vuitton Maison store on the corner of King and George streets.
Bloomberg and Carolyn Cummins

The Chinese market was tough on LVMH Moet Hennessy this year, with sales declining in China, Macau and Hong Kong.

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New trade deals - good, bad or indifferent?

Liberal, Labor and Greens politicians give their verdict on new trade deals, like the China FTA and the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.