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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

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Asia shares camp near peaks, China's Xi talks reform and stability

SYDNEY Asian shares consolidated recent gains and currencies kept to tight ranges on Wednesday as the opening of China's Communist Party conference produced more in the way of aspirational politics than concrete policies.

05 Oct 2017

Australian retailers hit by worst sales decline in 4-1/2 years

SYDNEY Australian retailers suffered their worst decline in sales since early 2013 as debt-laden consumers tightened their purse strings, slashing spending on food, furniture and clothing, an outcome that bodes poorly for third-quarter economic growth.

05 Oct 2017

Australian retailers suffer worst sales in 4-1/2 years; trade surplus widens

SYDNEY, Oct 5 Australian retailers suffered their worst sales since early 2013 in August as debt-laden consumers tightened their purse strings, cutting back sharply on food, furniture and clothing.

04 Oct 2017

Australia's long home-building boom has life in it yet

SYDNEY, Oct 4 The latest data on Australia's home building boom is showing something totally unexpected - a revival in borrowing and approvals that suggest a mainstay of economic activity has some way to run yet.

02 Oct 2017

Global Markets: Euro ruffled by Spanish vote; Asia data cheer stocks

SYDNEY The euro took a knock in Asia on Monday as investors kept an anxious eye on an independence vote in Spain's Catalonia, while surprisingly strong economic news out of China and Japan offered support to equities and commodities.

25 Sep 2017

Euro, NZ dollar sideswiped by political uncertainty after elections

SYDNEY/TOKYO The euro slipped in early Asian trading on Monday after Germany's election showed surging support for a far-right party that left Chancellor Angela Merkel scrambling to form a governing coalition.

25 Sep 2017

FOREX-Euro, NZ dollar both sideswiped by political uncertainty

SYDNEY/TOKYO, Sept 25 The euro slipped in early Asian trading on Monday after Germany's election showed surging support for a far-right party that left Chancellor Angela Merkel scrambling to form a governing coalition.

24 Sep 2017

FOREX-Euro, NZ dollar both sideswiped by political uncertainty

SYDNEY, Sept 25 The euro slipped in early Asian trading on Monday after Germany's election showed surging support for a far-right party that left Chancellor Angela Merkel scrambling to form a governing coalition.

14 Sep 2017

Sizzling Australia jobs growth in August no spark for inflation

SYDNEY Australia's jobs blew past expectations to surge the most in two years in August, yet unemployment was static as more people looked for work, limiting upward pressure on wages, inflation and interest rates.

06 Sep 2017

Australia economy rebounds in second quarter amid infrastructure bonanza

SYDNEY Australia's economy rebounded last quarter as consumers and government spent freely after a weather-beaten start to the year, while a long downturn in mining investment finally loosened its deadening grip on growth.

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