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… was the level of the Westpac/Melbourne Institute’s Index of Consumer Sentiment in January, a 2.4 per cent increase in the month. Westpac’s chief economist, Bill Evans, said the index was 9.7 per cent lower than a year ago and at the same level “in the immediate aftermath of the federal budget when the Index had tumbled by 6.8 per cent”.

7.4 per cent

… was the growth in China’s GDP in 2014. Growth in the December quarter was 1.5 per cent.

$15 billion

… was how much was invested in exchange traded funds (ETFs) by the end of December, a 50 per cent increase on a year ago. International ETFs were the most popular.

5 per cent

… was the annual growth in retail sales in November. In the month sales rose 0.1 per cent, down from 0.4 per cent in October.

$2.95 billion

… was how much we spent online over the two-month holiday period ending January 16 according to payments gateway eWAY, a rise of 20 per cent on a year ago.