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$299.9 million

$299.9 million

... is the value of property sold last Saturday at auctions in Sydney and Melbourne. On the same Saturday last year the value was $233.5 million. Auction clearance rates are up significantly in both capital cities compared with the levels recorded a year ago.

6.1 per cent

... was the rate of full-time unemployment in July, up from 5.3 per cent a year ago. The overall unemployment rate is 5.7 per cent.

36.6 per cent

... is the percentage of households who hold a mortgage over their houses compared with outright ownership of 30.9 per cent and 30.3 per cent renting. Fifteen years ago, 41.3 per cent of houses were owned, 28.3 per cent mortgaged and 27.9 rented.


... is what the National Australia Bank will give you for switching your mortgage to it, plus it will waive the $600 application fee. The catch? The money will only be paid into a NAB transaction account.

1 million

... is the number of people lodging their tax return electronically with the Australian Tax Office by the end of July. Last year, 83 per cent of people who prepared their own tax returns used e-tax.

13.2 per cent

... is how much retail sales in China jumped over the year to July. At the same time annual inflation rose just 2.7 per cent.

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