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  1. The average price of houses across Australia's capital cities rose 3.4% in the fourth quarter from the previous quarter, the Bureau of Statistics said Tuesday. House prices rose 9.3% compared with the same quarter a year earlier. Economists had expected a 3% rise in the final three months of 2013 versus the previous quarter. In the country's commercial capital, Sydney, house prices rose 4.7% in the quarter. Perth, in resource-rich Western Australia state, recorded a 3.3% rise over the same period. Increases in house prices over the past year is unsettling Australia's central bank as they br
  2. The entire country should brace itself for cold, windy conditions and temperatures as low as minus 4C, as the cold snap on its way begins to grip Britain. Parts of Scotland have already been hit by a heavy frost and snow, with around two inches falling last night, and temperatures dropping to minus 5C in the Highlands. Now, forecasters predict the weather system that brought on the early snowfall will move south overnight. It is thought the wintry turn could be the start of a bitter two-week cold snap. Meteogroup forecaster Ben Windsor said clear skies in the South East this evening will m
  3. The average cost of renting a property in Britain increased by £7 in October, according to figures from Move With Us, with advertised rents in London rising but still £42 down on last year. However, the monthly increase of 1.47% in average rents means that the capital is still around 209% more expensive than the rest of the country. Robin King, Director of Move with Us, said: “The surprise for October has been the sudden growth of approximately £25 in the average rents in the East Midlands, North East and Wales. All three of these regions performed unimpressively over recent months and these
  4. MPs have spent more than £3.6m of public money renting offices from their own political parties, according to new figures released on Thursday. More than 100 politicians including several cabinet ministers have leased their constituency base from a political organisation, which some have criticised as a hidden subsidy for mainstream parties. The scale of the deals has been disclosed by parliament's expenses watchdog, which has announced a review of the payments to see if they need to be changed. Privately, MPs have defended the payments as a way of ensuring that MPs and political parties ha
  5. For those tracking the trends of rich Chinese, few areas are more engrossing than overseas investments. Particularly, observers have been following the flight of yuan into homes in some of the world’s leading cities. A new report by British property agency Knight Frank indicates that this is accelerating: The Chinese are now the world’s biggest buyers of expensive new properties. In November 2011 a joint report by Bank of China and Hurun, a research and publishing house, claimed that up to half of China’s mega rich, those with at least US$16 million in the bank, were considering emigrating.
  6. The Cartesian Co. has launched its EX¹ circuit board printer project on Kickstarter today aiming to raise $30,000 in 30 days. The device, its engineering student creators say, will transform product prototyping in the same way that 3D printers have made things possible that previously seemed inconceivable. EX1 circuit The EX¹ rapid 3D circuit board printer launches on Kickstarter today aiming to raise $30,000 Although very much like a 3D printer, the EX¹ has been designed to only print circuit board. To achieve this is uses two inkjet cartridges and prints onto a substrate (base material) i
  7. *Prices below $1,300 an ounce, near 3-week lows * Could dip towards $1,250 - technicals * Physical demand fails to pick up despite lower prices (Adds dealer comment, updates prices) By A. Ananthalakshmi SINGAPORE, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Gold eased on Monday to trade near three-week lows as strong U.S. jobs growth reignited fears the Federal Reserve could soon start scaling back its stimulus, denting bullion's appeal as a hedge against inflation.PCB circuit board Indications that the U.S. economy was on a firmer footing than expected could prompt the central bank to
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