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The nonintuitve part of "Increase attack speed by x%" is, it also increases your CAST speed.

There are a fair few different type of skills in Diablo3, in addition to the generic "nuke":

How does increased attack speed interact with the aforementioned list of skill types?

This is a followup on Is resource cost adjusted with weapon speed in diablo 3?, which answers the weapon speed aspect of channelling spells but does not comprehensively cover other spell types.

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This article explains it better than I could myself. This is information discovered during the beta.

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Welcome to Gaming! Whilst this may answer the question, it would be preferable to quote the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  Jupotter May 21 '12 at 14:03
Beta information is not necessarily going to translate accurately to retail. –  hkf May 22 '12 at 0:07

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