URGENT ¥¥¥ Australia clocks 0.6% quarterly growth

Australia's mining-powered economy grew 0.6 percent in the three months to December and 3.1 percent from a year earlier, data showed Wednesday, in line with analyst forecasts.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics said gross domestic product increased 0.6 percent after an upwardly revised 0.7 percent uptick in the September quarter.