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1.9 per cent

1.9 per cent

... is the rate of inflation expected by households over the next 12 months, according to the Melbourne Institute survey. This is below the 2.2 per cent annual rate recorded in the September quarter by the consumer price index.

-41.3 per cent

... is the total return of Australian-listed small resources companies over the past year. Small industrials, which excludes resources, produced a total return of almost 26 per cent over the year.


... is how many new cars were sold during the year to October. But in the month itself sales dropped 0.7 per cent.

$10 billion

... is the value of Australia's listed exchange traded funds (ETFs) market. ETFs mostly track or mirror markets including sharemarkets, sharemarket sectors and prices of commodities.


... was the level of consumer sentiment measured by the Westpac/Melbourne Institute index, showing there are more optimists than pessimists. Sentiment is up 5.8 per cent on a year ago.

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