The S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX:XJO) was eventful yet again this week. Here are four big stories you may have missed that affected the ASX 200 index:
The market may be heading downwards but the thirst for takeovers of ASX businesses continues.
Expensive storm damage
Paying out insurance damage from storms is just part of doing business, but seeing a hit to profit of more than $150 million each can be painful nonetheless.
House prices keep falling
This week CoreLogic revealed that Australian house prices fell during December, Sydney prices dropped 1.8% and Melbourne prices fell 1.5%.
Worries mount about retail shares
Investors are starting to worry about what the falling housing market may be doing to retail businesses. This week Kathmandu Holdings Ltd (ASX: KMD) revealed that December sales were lower than expected.
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