Wine barrels play a surprisingly crucial role in making the world's best spirits.
Mark Mulligan Australia's unemployment rate unexpectedly dropped in December, surprising economists and easing pressure on the Reserve Bank of Australia to cut interest rates this year.
Job vacancies in Australia rebounded in the three months to November to hit their highest in two years, pointing to improving demand for labour.
Max Mason The World Bank has cut its forecast for global growth in 2015 thanks to a faltering recovery in the euro zone, tighter monetary policy in developed countries, and the prospect of a deep slowdown in...
Max Mason The Australian sharemarket barely managed to etch out a gain last year, but thanks to the surging United States dollar, companies with exposure to foreign earnings posted strong returns and are...
Grant Smith If there ever was doubt about the strategy of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, its wealthiest members are putting that issue to rest.
Max Mason Australian retail sales have come in softer than expected, inching just 0.1 per cent higher in November, but retailers hope that Christmas and Boxing Day sales will have boosted December numbers.
Ruth Liew The number of investors who expect the Reserve Bank of Australia to slash rates next month has increased more than sevenfold.
Max Mason The slump in oil prices is set to boost the global economy, with crude-importing countries expected to substantially benefit, says the World Bank.
Australian approvals to build new homes surged to a record high in November as high-rise living becomes ever more fashionable and affordable, a trend that promises to underpin economic growth for...
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard The eurozone has let it happen. Europe's authorities have so mismanaged monetary and fiscal strategy that the whole currency bloc has tipped into deflation - with dire consequences.
Stephen Cauchi Australia's economy will grow at the slowest rate since 2009 over the coming year, according to a pessimistic Morgan Stanley outlook for 2015. Interest rates are set to stay at a record low.
Currency traders are starting 2015 on their hottest winning streak in a decade, thanks to the divergence of monetary policy across major economies.
Vanessa Desloires A weak Australian dollar and low oil prices may provide the Australian economy with the boost needed to help keep the Reserve Bank’s finger off the interest rate trigger.
Vanessa Desloires A weak Australian dollar and low oil prices may provide the Australian economy with the boost needed to help keep the Reserve Bank of Australia’s finger off the interest rate trigger.
Low interest rates have pushed annual credit growth in Australia to a new five-year high, boosted by lending to property investors.
Su-Lin Tan While retail sales in early December were up, consumers are anxious about spending.
Lucy Cormack Sandra Bell loves her job in childcare, but at 66 years of age she could happily retire, if not for the one thing holding her back.
Peter Martin Like the punchline to a joke, Joe Hockey saved the best twist in the Coalition's war on wages until the end.
David Jolly Switzerland's central bank is starting to charge banks to hold deposits, moving to push down the Swiss franc amid turmoil in global currency markets and deflation concerns.
Elizabeth Knight After 2½ years of rising prices, the housing market appears to be running out of steam.