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$8.8 billion

$8.8 billion

... was the size of the special grant from the federal government to re-capitalise the Reserve Bank, with the aim of enhancing "the bank's capacity to conduct its monetary policy and foreign exchange operations".

2.2 per cent

... is the annual inflation rate measured by the consumer price index despite a 1.2 per cent jump in the September quarter. The underlying rate used by the Reserve Bank is an annual 2.3 per cent.

60 per cent

... percentage of invoices not paid by businesses within the standard 30-day payment period. On average, the bills are paid 23 days after the 30-day period.

6.4 per cent

... the lift in new home sales in September, nationally, from the previous month. September had the strongest sales for 27 months and was the strongest lift in sales for 17 months.

7.8 per cent

... was the annual growth rate of the Chinese economy in the September quarter, up from the June quarter's 7.5percent.

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