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Australia government's spending rises in the second-quarter
September 5, 2017 / 2:05 AM / 18 days ago

Australia government's spending rises in the second-quarter

A sanitation worker walks across a street with bins in Sydney, Australia, September 4, 2017, as Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released on Monday showed Australian companies doled out the biggest increase in wages and salaries in two years last quarter. REUTERS/Steven Saphore

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian government spending for consumption rose 1.2 percent in the second quarter to an inflation-adjusted A$80.08 billion ($63.71 billion), the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported on Tuesday.

Investment spending by the government and public enterprises jumped 11.9 percent to A$23.58 billion, implying total spending likely made some contribution to economic growth.

The data will feed into the gross domestic product (GDP) report for the June quarter due on Wednesday.

Reporting by Wayne Cole

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