Amcor eyes further earnings growth

Packaging giant Amcor is preparing to build a new plant in the Philippines and says it is on track to lift earnings this financial year.
Consumers and businesses are still cautious about spending, despite low interest rates.
The annual inflation rate falling to one per cent has cleared the way for the kiwi dollar to fall from "unsustainable and unjustified" levels.
Leighton says it's on track to deliver on its profit guidance after winning major infrastructure projects and reducing its debt.
Reserve Bank of Australia governor Glenn Stevens said it is important to keep a close eye on lending standards when housing prices are rising rapidly.
Troubled mining services firm Boart Longyears says it will take time to pay off its massive debt, after securing a refinancing deal with private equity.

NSW facing gas shortage, warns AGL

NSW faces a gas shortage within three years if new coal seam gas projects are stopped from going ahead, AGL Energy warns.

iPhone 6 boosts Telstra

Telstra boss David Thodey says the telco performed well during the first quarter of the 2015 financial year, helped by the new iPhone.
The owner of Priceline pharmacies, API, is confident of lifting its earnings in the year ahead after asset writedowns dragged it into the red.
A 0.3 per cent consumer price index increase in the third quarter means New Zealand is running at an annual rate of one per cent.

Oil Search lifts production 81%

Oil Search will pay out more of its profits to shareholders after lifting production 81 per cent during the September quarter.
The Reserve Bank says the banking industry is working to change the way Australians pay, to keep up with the rest of the world.
The maker of Camel cigarettes, Reynolds American Inc, is banning smoking in its offices and buildings from next year, once special smoking areas are built.
Telstra CEO David Thodey insists retail customers won't be worse off as its competitors plug into the NBN instead of the telco's old copper lines.

House price growth softens

Sydney remains the only shining star in a survey of September quarter house prices.
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