THE LATEST BUSINESS OUTLOOK FROM DELOITTE ACCESS ECONOMICS SUGGESTS GLOBAL GROWTH WILL START TO IMPROVE THIS YEAR.

THE REPORT SAYS AUSTRALIA'S MINING BOOM IS NEARING ITS PEAK.

HOME BUILDING AND RETAIL SPENDING ARE EXPECTED TO PICK-UP BUT MANUFACTURING AND TOURISM ARE LIKELY TO REMAIN FLAT BECAUSE OF THE HIGH AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR.

THE UNITED STATES IS TIPPED TO BENEFIT FROM A REBOUND IN HOUSING.

THE REPORT PREDICTS STEADY GROWTH IN CHINA BUT WEAKNESS IN EUROPE AND JAPAN.

A PEAK INDUSTRY GROUP SAYS BUSINESSES BELIEVE THE CARBON TAX HAS PUSHED UP ENERGY COSTS BY AN AVERAGE OF AROUND 14 AND A HALF PERCENT.

THE AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY GROUP HAS SURVEYED ALMOST 500 BUSINESSES.

IT SAYS THE INCREASES WERE LARGELY ANTICIPATED BUT MANY BUSINESSES ARE FINDING IT HARD TO PASS THEM ON.

LET'S TAKE A QUICK LOOK OF THE MARKETS NOW.

LOCAL STOCKS ARE STEAMING AHEAD.

THE ALL ORDS AND THE ASX ARE UP AROUND THREE-QUARTERS OF A PERCENT.

WALL STREET'S STRONG RUN HAS HIT A SPEED BUMP.

THE DOW AND THE S-AND-P FINISHED LOWER IN MIXED TRADE.. WHILE THE NASDAQ ROSE.

IN COMMODITIES.. GOLD IS STEADY.

OIL'S BEEN RISING ON SIGNS THAT GLOBAL GROWTH IS PICKING UP.

THE AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR IS NEAR A ONE MONTH LOW AGAINST THE U-S DOLLAR.

 

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