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Sales of new homes in Australia rose for a fourth straight month in April, underscoring a pick-up in the housing sector.
David Ramli The renegotiation of Telstra's $11 billion deal with NBN Co is likely to miss the mid-year deadline set by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, sources familiar with the talks said.
Total construction work done bounced back in the first three months of the year, thanks to a surge in housing.
Eryk Bagshaw Housing affordability has risen to its most favourable level in 12 years in the first quarter of this year, thanks to record low interest rates, a survey has found.
Signs a 'genuine slowdown' is underway as Australia's economic growth expectations hit a near three-year low.
Luke Malpass Consumer confidence is now at its lowest level since May 2009, with the biggest sustained drop since the global financial crisis in the past five weeks.
Luke Malpass Australian consumer financial stress is rapidly rising, as households begin to digest the federal budget, and adjust to low wages growth, a survey has found.
Michael Bleby Rob and June Elbourne are moving house. It's not surprising that Rob, 60, and June, 70, are downsizing.
Ross Gittins As a vehicle for micro-economic reform, the budget gets less impressive the more I study it.
When Christine Leaves quit full-time work in her late-50s, she spent most of her small retirement savings on a new car.
Malcolm Maiden The Westpac-Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment joined the ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence survey in reporting post-budget consumer blues on Wednesday, but confidence surveys tend to...
Jared Lynch Families are expected to cut spending further as wage growth plunges to its lowest in 17 years.
Michael Pascoe The extreme divisiveness of Australian politics over the past four years is starting to extract an economic toll.
There is more evidence that last week's federal budget has dealt a blow to consumer confidence.
James Eyers Lower demand for offshore funding from banks and less foreign investment in the resources sector are likely to put downward pressure on the Australian dollar, says RBA assistant governor Guy Debelle.
Jens Meyer Recent economic data in Australia has been pretty good, so why is the mood among consumers so bad, Deutsche Bank's chief economist Adam Boyton asks.
Vesna Poljak Investors say they would not mourn Australia's triple-A credit rating if the economy were stripped of its prestigious badge by ratings agencies because top ratings have become less relevant to bond...
Borrowers can rest assured that interest rates aren't going anywhere any time soon.
Jared Lynch Consumer confidence has fallen at the fastest rate since 2008 after the Abbott government delivered its first budget last week and has dropped a sharp 14 per cent in the past four weeks.
Ratings agency Standard & Poor's has warned Australia's AAA credit rating could be reviewed unless significant cuts are made to the budget, providing the Abbott government with much-needed...