Consumers, China’s stimulus in spotlight for Australia earnings

Consumers, China’s stimulus in spotlight for Australia earnings
Retail sales have been holding up better than expected. (Image: Bloomberg)
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By Georgina McKay, with assistance from Zhuo ZhangConsumer spending, China’s economic stimulus and potentially higher dividend payouts are in focus as Australia’s earnings season gathers pace this month.Traders will be keeping an eye on the outlooks of Australia’s largest companies amid expectations the Reserve Bank will ease policy this year. Miners’ views on sluggish commodity prices and the effectiveness of China’s efforts to shore up its economy will also be monitored.The results follow a three-month rally...

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