'Australia's economy slowed sharply in the final quarter of last year as a soaring currency and Europe's financial crisis put the brakes on output, pressuring Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the central bank.Australia's gross domestic product rose 0.4% in the fourth quarter from the previous three months and rose 2.3% from the year-earlier period, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said Wednesday. Most economists had expected GDP to rise 0.8% on a quarterly basis and 2.4% from a year earlier. 'http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405297020345860457726...----------------GG Home Fool
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