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An investor-developer has bought a 1559 sq m building on a corner site at 442-444 North Road for $4.98 million.
SIMON JOHANSON Australian subsidiary of large Singaporean property developer buys 12-level office building in St Kilda Road for $45.28m.
CHRIS VEDELAGO State government faces hefty compensation bill after business displaced by Regional Rail Link launched legal bid to recoup millions of dollars in unanticipated costs.
SIMON JOHANSON Prime development conditions deliver two large unlisted property players record profits, with one using the money on a $48 million private plane.
CAROLYN CUMMINS Westfield is facing an investor backlash to its proposed split, with institutional managers threatening to vote the deal down if the share component of Westfield Retail Trust is not reworked.
Tim Binsted Recall Holdings chief executive says company will hunt for acquisitions to drive earnings growth after the spinoff from Brambles.
Sally Rose Sharemarket reverses early gains to finish flat, with slump in insurer QBE erasing early rises.
BRIAN ROBINS Wholesale reform of electricity distribution is essential to ensure consumers are charged only for the costs incurred, while investment should be limited to matching demand, research finds.
ELI GREENBLAT Lion has half of the craft beer market and wants more.
GLENDA KWEK Investors are taking on record levels of housing finance as first home buyers continue to struggle to enter the growing property market.
MATT O'SULLIVAN Qantas executives will face off with heavyweights from unions next Wednesday over latest round of job cuts.
Sue Mitchell Neil Fiske vows to make iconic surfwear brand 'cool' again, sets out seven-point plan to turn around the ailing retailer, which lost $860 million last year.
COLIN KRUGER, CBD Billabong has promised investors it is ready to turn the corner with a new chief executive and transformation strategy.
CAROLYN CUMMINS Dexus upgrades 2014 earnings guidance by 7 per cent based on its share buyback program and the rise in value of its direct investment in takeover target Commonwealth Property Office Fund.
Bill Vlasic and Annie Lowrey US government's bailout of General Motors ends with Treasury Department's announcement that it had sold its final shares of GM stock.
PETER KER BHP Billiton hints that its iron ore expansion in the Pilbara could be done more cheaply than Rio Tinto's, in what would be a reversal of the two companies' traditional positions on the cost curve.
MALCOLM MAIDEN Mike Devereux didn't confirm his company was quitting Australia, but he did make one thing clear.
MAX MASON Mining services company announces it has bought Caterpillar Global Mining's distribution and support businesses operations in north-eastern China for $US130m.
BRIAN ROBINS Woodside Petroleum defends its lower-than-expected forecast for output in 2014, blaming a decline in domestic gas sales and maintenance shutdowns.
Clancy Yeates Investors punish the company for repeatedly disappointing and analysts warn that further pain could follow this week's profit downgrade.
PETER KER BHP Billiton expects gas exports from North America will supply 11 per cent of Asian demand by 2030, but still be less than half the amount exported to the region by Australia.
ADELE FERGUSON Recent spinoffs will give boards the confidence to push the go button on demergers and asset sales.
PETER KER BHP Billiton says gas exports from North America could account for 11 per cent of Asian demand by 2030, but this will still be less than half the amount exported to the region by Australia.
Air New Zealand forecasts 20 per cent rise in pre-tax profit for the first half as solid bookings in the lead-up to the busy Christmas-New Year holiday period bolster its confidence.
Stephen Crafti 12:09am The tapas menu has been adapted to suit Australian needs.
6:59pm Insurer QBE has had its credit rating downgraded, and its shares have continued to plunge, after announcing it will post a loss for 2013.
Garry Shilson-Josling, AAP Economist 5:06pm Lending for housing is $4.7 billion a month higher than a year ago and spilling over into the residential building industry.
4:52pm Shares in Qantas have hit their lowest level ever as investors continue to react to the airline's financial woes.
JARED LYNCH 4:49pm Consumer watchdog the ACCC has launched court proceedings against two of Australia's biggest egg producers, claiming they falsely labelled product as "free range".
Greg Roberts 4:27pm BHP Billiton boss Andrew Mackenzie says growing volumes is no longer the main game, with capital expenditure to be cut 25 per cent this year.
4:55pm The ACCC has launched court action against two egg producers accused of falsely claiming their products were free range.
2:47pm Casino owner Echo Entertainment has restructured it debt arrangements to reduce its finance expenses, but it will incur a one-off cost.
Jake Mitchell 4:16pm Southern Cross Austereo senior executive Guy Dobson has criticised star Sydney duo Kyle and Jackie O's breakfast show for being old fashioned and not embracing social media, as the program lost share in its last ratings survey with 2Day FM.
2:47pm Women need to work an extra 25 years on average to earn the same amount of supperannuation as men, a report shows.
1:47pm ASIC rejects a Fairfax media report today suggesting it has provided businesses with an exemption from having to disclose fees and charges.
GLENDA KWEK 1:24pm Earnings growth and the strength of the Australian dollar are expected to be two of the key factors driving the local share market next year, analysts say.
Eli Greenblat 12:32pm Lion CEO Stuart Irvine must be one of the business world’s biggest optimists, because he's has just spent $60 million on a new brewery at a time when the beer market is in its third year of stagnant growth.
12:31pm New data is tipping New Zealand will experience a sustained construction boom on a scale not seen for 40 years.
5:13pm Shares in information management firm Recall rose on their first day of trading after its demerger from Brambles.
Tim Binsted 6:51pm Recall Holdings chief executive Doug Pertz says the company will hunt for acquisitions to drive earnings growth after the document management business was spun out of parent Brambles.
Stephen Johnson 3:40pm Billabong's new boss has outlined his seven-point plan to turn around the struggling surfwear retailer.
Jason Cadden 4:04pm Home loan approvals rose one per cent in October - another sign that low interest rates helping the housing market recovery.
11:38am Business confidence remains strong but actual conditions are still lagging, the NAB's monthly survey shows.
Kim Christian 2:45pm Energy giant Woodside Petroleum says it's in talks to sell gas to Japan from its proposed Browse joint venture project in north west WA.
5:34pm The Dexus Property Group has lifted its earnings guidance for the 2014 financial year.
Christopher S Rugaber 10:01am US household wealth has reached a record high, rising 2.6 per cent to $US77.3 trillion in the July-September quarter.
9:22am The US Treasury has sold its last shares in General Motors, ending the dramatic rescue of the car giant at the height of the financial crisis five years ago.
5:06pm The Australian bond market is weaker in light trade, after the release of some mixed local economic data.
Paul McBeth 10:01am Pyne Gould expects to have no remaining assets in NZ by the end of 2014, chairman Bryan Mogridge tells shareholders.
8:31am Brent oil prices have slumped following news of weaker German industrial output, while New York crude futures dipped slightly.
9:03am US stocks have edged higher as a Federal Reserve official suggests that the central bank could take a small step next week to reel in its stimulus program.
Lori Montgomery 7:52am House and Senate negotiators were putting the finishing touches Sunday on what would be the first successful budget accord since 2011, when the battle over a soaring national debt first paralysed Washington.
4:25pm Stocks of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange at close on Tuesday
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7:23am News from the world’s major stock markets
Trevor Chappell 5:25pm The Australian share market ran out of steam to close the dat almost flat, while insurer QBE continued to suffer heavy losses.
Jason Cadden 5:57pm The Australian dollar is higher after the release of some positive business confidence figures.
Sally Rose 5:23pm Australian shares lost early gains to close flat, as QBE suffered another massive sell-off and Qantas hit all-time lows.
6:24am European main stock markets have drifted upwards as traders focused on the outlook for US stimulus and digested data from the eurozone's biggest economies, Germany - where industrial output faltered - and France.