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The Week Ahead

Oil Search and Newcrest are set to report quarterly production numbers, while manufacturing data from China, the US and Europe will be closely watched.

Business conditions rebound in Q1: NAB

Confidence remains elevated in March quarter despite a slight fall, while business conditions post best performance in 18 month.

Melbourne apartment prices take hit

Lift in number of new apartments is devaluing properties in Melbourne: report.

Consumer sentiment still weak: WBC

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Leading index edges up, hints economic growth may not strengthen this year.

Pay hike could cost jobs: govt

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Coalition warns Fair Work Commission on raising the national minimum wage.

PM to put pension reform on hold

Lift to retirement age likely to be put off by govt until after next election.

China eyes FTA labour imports

Beijing wants Chinese firms to be able to import labour for Aust projects: report.

Retail fund managers eye bigger slice of super pie

Fund managers want larger share of compulsory employer super contributions.

Start-ups call for changes to key rules

Australia's start-up industry has banded together to lobby the Abbott govt.

Competition review kicks off

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Review chair says Aust in need of a 'modern, responsive competition policy framework'.

Abbott says Asia trip a success

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PM happy with free trade developments; Labor, Greens not convinced.

Weekend Economist: Healthy households

Like in the US, Australian household spending is constrained by a lack of big investment. But optimists should rest assured, we have some crucial advantages.

ASIC chided over CBA probe

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Claims of corruption at corporate watchdog dismissed by Greg Medcraft.

Mix-up almost put Japan FTA on ice

Marathon talks on Japan free-trade agreement were almost derailed on Sunday.

Hays sees stable Aust jobs market

Recruiter says Australia has been 'most difficult market', has now stabilised.

The truth about unemployment in Australia

A spurious analysis of labour force data may lead many analysts to conclude that the Australian economy is improving, but a closer look will reveal quite a different conclusion.

Unemployment rate slips in March

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Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows jobless rate falls against expectations of a rise, economy unexpectedly adds jobs.

Sydney should be yuan hub: Kelly

Westpac's chief executive urges haste in establishing Sydney as a renminbi hub.

China may fast-track FTA talks

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Abbott government confident Beijing wants to wrap-up trade deal quickly.

Unemployment tipped to lift in March

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Economists expect official data to show unemployment rate near 11-year high.