The ANZ/Roy Morgan consumer confidence has picked up as people begin to feel more positive about their household finances.

OzForex profit jumps 26%

OzForex has increased its first half net profit to $11.98 million after lifting its foreign exchange client and transaction numbers.

Aristocrat makes $16m loss

Aristocrat Leisure is confident of growing market share and revenues in the year ahead, despite unveiling a more than $16 million loss.

Russia loses $140b from sanctions

Vladimir Putin and senior members of his government are downplaying the effect of Western sanctions on the country's bad economy.
Mum and dad investors in Medibank Private are set to see the value of their stake grow when the private health insurer floats.
Bone bruising is an impact injury that typically affects sportspeople.
Mining heiress Gina Rinehart says too much government regulation is hurting Australians, small businesses and the economy.
China's surprise interest rate cut is expected to boost its construction industry, which means good news for local iron ore miners.
Australia's biggest private health insurer Medibank is set to make a very successful debut on the Australian share market, analysts say.
All those Christmas parties and gifts under the tree don't come cheap, with Australians expected to spend $30 billion this Christmas.
Paladin shares are in a two-day trading halt as it carries out a $205m capital raising and welcomes a new Chinese investor.
Hong Kong billionaire Tony Fung's Aquis is reviewing plans to buy the Cairns casino and build a nearby resort.

More NAB customers can join claim

National Australia Bank customers not already part of a multi-million dollar class action against the bank over fees have until January register a claim.
In October this year more people arrived from Australia than went there from New Zealand, and Prime Minister John Key says it's `a big milestone'.
Dr Edmund Bateman, the founder of Primary Health Care, will step down as the company's managing director.
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