After a historic buildup of its bond portfolio to support the U.ET WASHINGTON—The Federal Reserve resorted to a series of shock-and-awe stimulus campaigns to stabilize the economy after the financial crisis.

The reforms include provisions to expand trading hours for retailers like hardware stores and butchers, while also allowing Sunday trading for stores previously blocked.But a number of amendments have been made to the initial bill, including a five- year moratorium on retailers applying to trade on Sundays for the first time.

The gas pipeline major made a net profit of $237 million in the year to June 30, up 32 per cent on the prior year as it benefited from acquisitions in previous years.Managing director Mick McCormack said the company is continuing the focus on growing business despite the federal government's threat of increased regulation of the gas sector.

This is the customer insight BIG W's new boss David Walker says will form the basis of his turnaround plan for the loss-making discount department store.5 million in the 2016/17 financial year, from the prior year's $14.

Charter Hall has recorded a 20 per cent lift in full-year profits of $257 million.Revenue also increased to $213 million, up from $165 million.

Skilled workers are still in broad demand, suggesting a boost in hiring activity is set to continue, new figures show.The federal Department of Employment survey recorded a 1.

Growing uncertainty about an 'open skies' deal between the UK and European Union countries ahead of Brexit risks triggering a catastrophic slump in British air travel, according to the country's biggest airports.2m journeys, between the UK and EU countriesIt also highlights the risk of a 20.

6 million, helped by the abolition of broadcast licence fees.9 million from one-off items including the licence fee abolition.

Home loan broker Mortgage Choice has lifted full-year profit 13.Commission for new loans for the 12 months to June 30 was up 3.

Department store giant David Jones' sales growth has weakened markedly amid a decline in consumer spending and a poorly received private label clothing range.4 per cent.

4 million full-year loss due to previously announced writedowns of assets including its free-to-air TV network.Total revenue slipped three per cent to $1.

Flight Centre expects its profit margins to improve as the number of 'ridiculously' cheap international airfares decreases.The travel agent's full-year profit slipped six per cent to $230.