Queensland has recorded the equal biggest unemployment drop in the country, with the seasonally adjusted rate falling by half a percentage point.2 per cent to 5.

The competition watchdog has been putting pressure on.over energy supply - and there's speculation politicians could try to split the company.

The City of London is to double the size of its operation in Brussels ahead of Brexit amid mounting concerns about the consequences of a cliff-edge exit from the European Union for one of Britain's most important industries.Sky News has learnt that plans drawn up by the City of London Corporation to recruit a managing director for its office on the doorstep of the European Commission were formally approved on Thursday.

6 per cent in August, official figures show, meeting expectations for no change in the month and sending the Australian dollar back above 80 US cents.The total number of people with jobs rose by 54,200 in the month, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday.

The number of property sales across New Zealand dropped by 20 per cent last month, with none of the 14 regions recording an increase, according to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand.Excluding Auckland, house prices rose 7 per cent from a year earlier, while in Auckland values dropped 2.

The Qantas boss's total remuneration for 2016/17 increased 90 per cent on the $12.96 million he made the prior year as the more than doubling in Qantas's share price fuelled a surge in the value of performance-based share entitlements.

Fuel prices in Brisbane have plunged ahead of the start of the spring school holidays, but Queensland's peak motoring body says it's still too expensive.On Friday the average price for petrol in the greater Brisbane area was 116.

A lawyer representing three female former Google employees is seeking class action status, it was announced on Thursday.Earlier, a federal labour investigation made preliminary findings of systemic pay discrimination among the 21,000 employees at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California.

The world's forth-biggest iron ore exporter said Mr Power's decision was consistent with its long-term succession plan to enter a period of growth in other business opportunities.He plans to take a break from the corporate world and 'kick along' with private interests, including helping his son on the cattle station.

The cancellations, which begin immediately, are designed 'to improve its system- wide punctuality which has fallen below 80 per cent in the first two weeks of September,' Ryanair said in a statement, describing the number of delayed flights as 'unacceptable' to customers.If the airline cancels 40 flights per day for six weeks at a load factor of 90 per cent, approximately 285,000 journeys would be affected.

That's pushed the volume of meat sent to what was once the nation's biggest export market to a record low last month, AgriHQ says.Across the months of July and August, New Zealand frozen lamb exports to the UK were down 32 per cent on a year ago and were 38 per cent behind the five year average, AgriHQ said.

The national auction clearance rate reached 70.3 per cent, up from 66.

The federal treasurer and trade minister are sitting down with Chinese officials and investors in Beijing to discuss trade with China.Scott Morrison and Steve Ciobo will take part in the third Strategic Economic Dialogue on Saturday, with the chairman of China's National Development and Reform Commission.

Global debt may be under-reported by around $US13 trillion ($A16 trillion) because traditional accounting practices exclude foreign exchange derivatives used to hedge international trade and foreign currency bonds, the BIS says.The $US13 trillion unaccounted-for exposure exceeds the on-balance-sheet debt of $US10.
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