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20 per cent

20 per cent

... is how far the price of gold has risen since June. Consumers in Asia, and investors spooked by events in Syria, are driving stronger demand - just as miners scale back production.

39

... is the reading for the Australian Industry Group's services index for August. Anything below 50 represents a contraction.

$32.05 billion

... is Australia's trade surplus with China in the 12 months to July. China accounts for a record 32.9 per cent of exports. Australian reliance on China is greater than when Japanese industrialisation peaked.

24 per cent

... is the proportion of first-time property investors who say they will allow tenants with pets to live in their investment property.

$8.8 billion

... is the size of Australia's exchange-traded funds market. These are securities that track or mirror market indexes and prices.

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