NBN rollout still not fast enough

NBN Co chairman Ziggy Switkowski says the rollout of the national broadband network is still not moving fast enough.
An RBA official says it's hard to know where the Australian dollar should be, and when it will start helping business to invest.
A majority of small companies aren't expecting any growth in their business in the next year.
Australia isn't experiencing a housing bubble but restrictive planning laws are creating concerning affordability issues, experts say.
The RBA is still reluctant to raise the cash rate despite an improving economy and a surge in house prices.

Consumer confidence slides 1.8%

Consumer confidence has slipped to its lowest level since early August despite better employment figures and rising house prices.
Construction of a widened Panama Canal is expected to be opened in early 2016.
Lufthansa pilots who had planned to walk off the job have cancelled their strike after receiving a new offer from the airline.
General Motors says 19 of the 125 death claims linked to a faulty ignition problem in its cars have been approved.
The Australian dollar has fallen below 90 US cents for the first time since mid-March as expectations of a US interest rate hike and weak Chinese data weigh on...

$A fall a positive for businesses

The Aussie dollar has dipped under 90 US cents, and further falls would be positive for the economy and welcomed by the RBA.
Australian house prices have risen more than in any other country except Norway, a new report shows.
Macquarie Group has lifted its forecasts for the current year, with profit expected to exceed the previous year's $1.27 billion.

Elders taps investors for $57m

Elders shares have jumped after the agribusiness said it was set to raise $57 million through the issue of new shares, to help cut debt.
Arrium is attempting to raise more than $750 million from shareholders to help reduce the miner's $1.7 billion debt pile.

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