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ALS shares slide on profit warning

ALS shares have fallen after the analytical testing services group forecast a 26.5 per cent fall in its first half year profit.
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Consumers get their groove back

Consumer and business confidence levels are improving, with people shaking off their budget woes and company startups on the rise.
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Gina Rinehart says Australia's high costs need to be addressed if it is to compete internationally, starting with the scrapping of the MRRT.
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Beach Energy flags lower production

Beach Energy's shares are under pressure after the energy company warned of a fall in production next year.
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Consumers feeling more confident

Consumers have finally overcome their worries about the government's planned budget cuts, with confidence levels on the rise.
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QBE profit downgrade a 'one off'

QBE has issued yet another profit downgrade but chief executive John Neal says the insurer is continuing to improve.
Australia has to change its industries and workforce to become competitive in the global marketplace, a new report warns.
BHP Billiton is seeking government approval to expand trials of a cheaper mining process that could help restart its Olympic Dam expansion plan.
Private hospital operator Healthscope has enjoyed a positive return to the share market despite a flat performance from the rest of the market.
Mining services firm Boart Longyear's earnings continue to fall, but it says the decline in demand from resource companies may be over.
Tatts and Tabcorp are heading to the High Court to challenge a ruling over the payment of $42.6 million in levies to the Victorian government.
The Environmental Protection Authority has recommended conditional approval for a new uranium mine in Western Australia.
Hong Kong stocks have closed higher.
Indian mining giant Adani is joining mining magnates Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer in being allowed to mine for coal in Queensland's Galilee Basin.

BC Iron flags higher earnings

BC Iron has lifted its full year earnings, as stronger production helped offset a slide in iron ore prices.
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