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Dairy prices plummet

GlobalDairyTrade results 7:43am Another sharp drop at the Fonterra auction is bad news for farmers and the economy.

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Petrol prices may soar

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Fraudster fights to keep tax agency

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ASX200 5,334.130 arrow 41.300 0.80%
DOW 17,042.900 arrow -28.300 -0.20%
NASDAQ 4,493.390 arrow -12.500 -0.30%
FTSE 6,557.520 arrow -65.200 -1.00%
NIKKEI 16,082.250 arrow -91.300 -0.60%
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Indices Top Movers Currencies
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Australian Dollar 0.896
Euro 0.617
British Pound 0.480
Hong Kong Dollar 6.047
Japanese Yen 85.430
Singapore Dollar 0.994
US Dollar 0.778

Price as at 8:50 pm, 1 Oct

Dairy price dip fallout expected

Milk All eyes will be on the dollar and Fonterra as fallout from the overnight plunge in dairy prices spreads.

Dairy prices plummet

Another sharp drop at the Fonterra auction is bad news for farmers and the economy.

Late appeals on water annoying

NZ oil production to rise

Having a house and a life

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Petrol prices may soar

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Kiwisaver warning

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Fraudster fights to keep tax agency

A tax fraudster returns to court to fight the Inland Revenue Department removing his company from its list of tax agents.

When is it right to ditch a client?

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Connecting Kiwis in the Big Apple

Design firm owner Ronnie Peters is helping Kiwi expats adjust to the demands of New York.

App aims to cut coffee queues

Face to face best for recruiting

Building a great small business team

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Richest American no surprise

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US judge holds Argentina in contempt

Judge rules the South American country was in contempt of court for defying his orders over repaying US hedge funds.

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Firms paying up faster

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Farmers claim measuring flaws

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Monitoring processes questioned

Environment Southland's role in biosecurity and the effects of agrichemicals on soils and waterways has been questioned after the death of cattle.

Dirty dairying ruled

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Land sale approved

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Australian Dollar 0.896
Euro 0.617
British Pound 0.480
Hong Kong Dollar 6.047
Japanese Yen 85.430
Singapore Dollar 0.994
US Dollar 0.778

Prices as at 8:50 pm, 1 Oct