The Economy

Manufacturers continued to cut jobs and at a faster pace.

China manufacturing growth stalls

Growth in China's manufacturing sector stalled in June, adding to expectations that Beijing will have to roll out more stimulus soon to boost the sluggish economy.

NSW and Queensland posted the sharpest monthly fall in detached house sales, dropping 11.5 per cent and 11 per cent, ...

New home sales fall again

New home sales have fallen for a second straight month, but it should be just a cyclical downturn with signs of a possible rebound when the home-building boom ebbs.

Treasurer Scott Morrison points to a graph as he announces the coalition government's election costings with and ...

Morrison plays get-out-of-jail-free card

In budgeting it's known as the magic asterisk, the get-out-of-jail-free card. If it looks as though you'll be in the red, you simply add in a figure for general unspecified savings and, magically, your problem's solved.

Illustration: Simon Letch

The difference isn't as big as they want you to believe

I get criticised by rusted-on supporters of both sides of politics when I say this, but that doesn't stop it being true: there are differences between the two sides' policies, but they're not as great as they want us to believe (and their supporters do believe).

Italy's banks are the Achilles' heel of the euro zone financial system.

Italy eyes $60b bank rescue

Italy is preparing a €40 billion ($60 billion) rescue of its financial system as bank shares collapse on the Milan bourse and the powerful aftershock of Brexit shakes European markets.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is not as all-powerful as he would appear.

Who wins from Brexit? China

The UK's vote to exit the EU is creating a lot of losers. But out of all of the market turmoil and uncertainty will emerge at least one big winner: China.

Britain has left the EU.

How Australian businesses reacted to Brexit

The United Kingdom's decision to vote to leave the European Union was one motivated by emotion and fear, Australian business leaders say.

Scope economic survey

Experts forecast low rates, weak economy

The mid-year Scope BusinessDay economic survey - Australia's longest running - predicts economic growth of just 2.6 per cent in 2016-17.

Small Business

The biggest boom yet

Alexandra Cain

Looking to start a business in an industry that's practically recession proof? This could be the answer.

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