9 million on the back of strong earnings growth and lower financing costs.The steel maker said sales revenue for the 12 months to June 30 rose 17 per cent to $1.

Hundreds of American cities are banking on an out-of-this-world pay day as the country prepares for the 'Great American Eclipse'.A 70-mile wide swathe of the country, stretching from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic, falls in the 'zone of totality' and will experience a complete blackout at the eclipse's peak.

Bringing IVP on board as a shareholder would be an undoubted coup for the British company.Specialising in investments in fast-growing, late-stage technology companies, its portfolio includes startups which have gone on to become some of the world's best-known and most valuable tech brands.

Caltex Australia chairman Greig Gailey has retired from his position and resigned as a non-executive director for health reasons.The fuel retailer on Monday said Mr Gailey, who has been chairman since 2015 and on the Caltex board since 2007, will be replaced by current non-executive director Steven Gregg.

Internet providers will have to advertise minimum download speeds NBN customers can expect at peak times or potentially face prosecution, under new guidelines set by the consumer watchdog.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has moved to protect NBN customers from misleading broadband speed offers, paving the way for providers to be prosecuted for misleading claims, such as ads using 'best-case- scenario' broadband speeds.

6 per cent.The company's Michael Hill stores in Australia lifted earnings before interest and tax by 3.

Logistics firm Brambles has slid 69 per cent in full-year profit to $US182.9 million ($A230.

Fittings supplier GWA Group has posted a flat statutory net full-year profit to $53.68 million, although profit from continuing operations was up 3.

The world's fourth-biggest iron ore exporter on Monday reported net profit of $US2.64 billion) for the year to June 30, in line with analyst expectations and up from $US985 million a year earlier.

A lift in international passenger numbers has helped Sydney Airport's first-half profit rise 4.4 per cent to $166.

The National Retailers Association says proposed changes to retail trading hours in Queensland are 'farcical' and won't make any difference for consumers or retail operators.The legislation is on the agenda for state parliament this week after being delayed earlier this year to secure support from the crossbench.

Consumer confidence has fallen to its lowest level since mid-2015 with households concerned about lacklustre wages growth and seemingly ever-rising energy costs.The latest ANZ-Roy Morgan Consumer Confidence Index fell 2.

Former Linc Energy chief executive Peter Bond has lost an appeal against an order to rehabilitate contaminated soils at the Hopeland underground coal gasification site.The Environmental Protection Order (EPO) was issued by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection in May 2015, but Mr Bond appealed against it in the Planning and Environment Court in March, arguing there were technical problems with the order that made it unlawful.

Australia's biggest dairy processor, Murray Goulburn, is being sounded out by potential buyers for all or part of its business as it struggles to deal with a falling milk supply.The troubled dairy co-operative has reported a $370.

Internet giants Facebook and Google have been grilled about how much they really earn in Australia during a parliamentary inquiry into corporate tax avoidance, amid concerns about an 'extraordinary discrepancy'.The evidence suggested half of Australia's $18 billion advertising market was digital, with Facebook and Google accounting for 75 per cent, putting their revenues in Australia around $6 or $7 billion.

Auckland International Airport has lifted annual profit 27 per cent with growth from domestic and international passengers, and expects underlying earnings growth in 2018.7 per cent revenue lift to $629.

Chinese visitor numbers to Melbourne are expected to jump with the addition of a new direct route between Zhengzhou and the Victorian city.6 billion in the year to March.

IAG has lifted full-year profit 48.6 per cent to $929 million despite events, including last year's Kaikoura earthquake in New Zealand and tropical Cyclone Debbie, pushing natural peril claims above allowance.