Aust capex fell 9.2% in Sept qtr

Capital expenditure figures have been released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Aussies to splurge $35b before Xmas

Shoppers are expected to spend $35 billion in the run up to Christmas on the back of stronger consumer confidence and low interest rates.
The ACCC has given Transurban the all clear to spend $1.9b on buying Brisbane's AirportLink M7 toll road.
Female workers earn on average $27,000 less than male workers, the latest snapshot of the nation's gender pay gap shows.

Competition stymies growth at BoQ

The Bank of Queensland is seeing some benefits flowing from recent home loan rate hikes but says it is also facing tough competition for business.
The ACCC has given Transurban the all clear to spend $1.9 on buying Brisbane's AirportLink M7 tollroad.
Free-to-air broadcaster Nine is in talks with the NRL and Fox Sports about a variation to its rights to broadcast matches.

Uncle Toby's maker fined over oats

The ACCC has fined the maker of Uncle Toby's oats more than $32,000 over allegations it misled consumers about the protein content of the breakfast cereal.

Administrators appointed to Vocation

Vocation investors have refused to tip more money into the troubled education provider, forcing it into voluntary administration.

OzForex opens books to Western Union

OzForex will allow Western Union to carry out exclusive due diligence following the financial services company's takeover offer last week.
Ainsworth Game Technology's top strategist and developer Scott Clarebrough is leaving the company, with the news pushing the shares down nine per cent.
The value of housing construction hit an all-time high of $15.5 million in the September quarter, official figures show.
Hewlett-Packard's last earnings report before it officially becomes two companies showed a decline in sales for most divisions.
Global water board distributor Surf Hardware International has been snapped up by Surfstitch in a $23.7 million deal.

Strong sales give RCG a kick along

RCG Corporation, the retailer behind The Athlete's Foot, Skechers and Dr Martens, has made a strong start to the new financial year.

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