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The Australian Bureau of Statistics is going to measure online retail sales in a $2.1 million exercise and while retailers welcome the move they have also questioned whether the bureau will be able to fully capture the scale of overseas purchases.
Australian exports decreased 2.0% in February, while imports dropped 4.0% in adjusted terms, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Business finance loans and personal lending fell in February, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Sales of new cars in Australia rose in all Australian states and territories in March, new data shows.
The outlook for the residential construction sector has turned even bleaker, with new ABS figures showing a 7.8% drop to 10,771 dwelling approvals in February.
Demand for home loans fell 1% in July, missing analyst expectations, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The pace of decline in residential construction accelerated in the final quarter of 2011.
Job vacancies in Australia increased 0.3% in the three months to February.