Retailers are leading the gains on the Australian share market, with investors hoping for a last minute Christmas shopping surge.
The All Ordinaries index was up 19 points to 4,654 just before 11:00am (AEDT), and the ASX 200 was almost 0.5 per cent higher at 4,644.
Shares in Myer were up almost 2 per cent to $2.09 and JB Hi-Fi was almost 1 per cent higher at $10.25.
The big miners were making reasonable gains - BHP Billiton was up 19 cents to $36.89, and Rio Tinto was 33 cents higher at $65.05.
NAB was the worst of the big four banks with losses of just over 0.1 per cent, while Westpac and Commonwealth Bank shares were gaining 0.6 per cent.
The local share market will close early at 2:10pm (AEDT), ahead of holidays on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
The Australian dollar was buying 103.98 US cents.