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The company on Thursday said revenue for the six months to March 31 rose 21.6 per cent to $1.23 billion.

Aristocrat Leisure half-year profit jumps

Poker machine supplier Aristocrat Leisure has reported a 57 per cent jump in half-year net profit to $249.6 million, thanks to strong growth in its Americas business.


Markets Live: Investors cheer Fed

Shares are set to climb at the open after Wall St climbed on hopes of a slow and steady path of Fed rate rises, as the Aussie pushes above 75 US cents.

Investors are playing it safe.

8@eight: Focus on the Fed

The ASX is set to rise at the open, with SPI futures pushing up a modest eight points overnight.

Westpac will see a small improvement in its capital position by selling down its stake in BTIM.

Westpac to offload up to $645m in BTIM shares

Westpac is selling its remaining stake in fund manager BT Investment Management, offloading up to $645 million worth of stock to institutional investors and signalling it intends to ultimately sell all shares it holds in the business.

My Chemist plans to start purchasing "certain products" from another wholesaler, triggering a legal battle with Sigma.

Sigma shares plunge on legal wrangle

Shares of Sigma Healthcare have plunged after the pharmaceutical company said it was planning legal action against the My Chemist/Chemist Warehouse Group over an alleged breach of a supply agreement.

There is a need for random audits of bosses to better detect unpaid super, the review said.

Time for 'random audits' of bosses

Random audits of employers would be a more proactive approach in chasing down billions of dollars of unpaid superannuation, often to the nation's most vulnerable workers, says Inspector-General of Taxation Ali Noroozi.

The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index and the broader All Ordinaries Index each closed 0.15 per cent higher.

ASX seesaws higher

The local sharemarket shrugged off a ratings downgrade to China and falling iron ore futures to push slightly higher on Wednesday.

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