Word oil prices have hit their lowest mark since August 2010, after OPEC decided to maintain its oil output ceiling.
Dairy farmers' co-operative Murray Goulburn says international demand for Australian dairy is strong despite several challenges.
The latest survey of capital spending plans shows the move of growth from mining to other sectors is under way, but slowly.
Woolworths has pleased investors by reaffirming its full year profit forecast despite softer-than-expected first quarter sales.

Mayne shares fall on Doryx slump

The US Doryx franchise is facing some headwinds this financial year due to declining prescriptions written by dermatologists.
Non-mining economic activity is picking up, but concerns remain about the transition away from a dependence on resources investment for growth.

Dawkins quits as Vocation chairman

Former federal minister John Dawkins has resigned as chairman of education provider Vocation after a government probe into its training services.
Bank of Queensland says possible changes to lending rules aimed at the Sydney property market could have unintended consequences.

New home sales climb 3% in Oct

New home sales rose three per cent in October, following a flat result in September, figures from the Housing Industry Association show.
Onshore producer Beach Energy is relaxed about the oil price crash and says it is still making healthy profits because it is a low cost producer
Woodside and its partners have agreed to a new $1.2 billion development at the North West Shelf oil and gas project off WA.

SEEK forecasts profit growth

Jobs website SEEK has re-affirmed guidance for earnings growth this year and says trading conditions have been favourable.
Dick Smith expects its half year sales to grow by around 10 per cent, with particular strength in sales of Apple products.

Spending slows as Xmas approaches

Figures from CBA show spending growth continued in October, but at its slowest rate in two years.

TattsBet is out, UBET is in

Lotteries and wagering firm Tatts Group is giving its wagering division a complete makeover.

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