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  • NAB Monthly Business Survey – May 2015

    NAB Monthly Business Survey – May 2015
    The recent Federal Budget and interest rate cut appears to have had a positive impact on business confidence – which moved up significantly in May – from +3 to +7 index points. This is the highest level of confidence since August 2014 and has helped to turn the trend more positive.
  • NAB Monthly Business Survey – April 2015

    NAB Monthly Business Survey – April 2015
    Business confidence was unchanged in April. Until confidence lifts significantly it is difficult to see a sustained economic recovery developing – to date rate cuts have not appeared to do much and it will be interesting to see what this week’s Federal Budget will do.
  • ASX 300 Quarterly Business Survey – March 2015

    ASX 300 Quarterly Business Survey – March 2015
    ASX 300 business confidence fell further in Q1 2015 to remain well below the general economy. Sentiment is particularly weak among very large construction firms. Business conditions while still positive also fell, with trading, profitability and employment all lower.
  • Quarterly Business Survey – March 2015

    Quarterly Business Survey – March 2015
    Business confidence dropped back again in the first quarter of 2015, falling even further below the long run average level. This is consistent with a pull back in confidence in the February monthly survey, although this was completely unwound in March.
  • NAB Monthly Business Survey – March 2015

    NAB Monthly Business Survey – March 2015
    There were some tentative signs of improvement in the NAB Monthly Business Survey for March – with the post RBA cut fall in confidence reversed in March. Surprisingly, the lift was particularly pronounced in mining, although confidence is still lowest for this industry.
  • Monthly Business Survey – February 2015

    Monthly Business Survey – February 2015
    The RBA’s 25bp cut to interest rates in February did not appear to have the desired effect on firms ‘animal spirits’, with confidence actually deteriorating in the month. The index is now at its lowest level since before the Federal election in 2013 and is well below the long run average.
  • ASX 300 Quarterly Business Survey – December 2014

    ASX 300 Quarterly Business Survey – December 2014
    Big business in Australia is losing confidence, affecting medium-term growth and capital expenditure plans. Overall confidence among larger firms has now fallen below its long-term average and is weaker than for smaller companies and the broader economy.
  • Monthly Business Survey – January 2015

    Monthly Business Survey – January 2015
    The latest survey shows that business confidence edged up a little, but it’s still below long run averages. Confidence remains very weak in mining, consistent with lower commodity prices, but multi-year lows for the AUD likely contributed to a considerable improvement from last month.
  • Quarterly Business Survey – December 2014

    Quarterly Business Survey – December 2014
    Business confidence eased back in Q4, dropping below the long run average level. Sentiment and business conditions are generally consistent with a ‘patchwork’ economy. Outside of construction and services, conditions remain soft in all other industries.
  • Monthly Business Survey – December 2014

    Monthly Business Survey – December 2014
    The survey again shows a patchwork economy with little-to-no momentum building. In December, conditions eased for the second successive month after October’s surprisingly strong result so they’re now a touch below the long run average.
  • Monthly Business Survey – November 2014

    Monthly Business Survey – November 2014
    Last months spike in business conditions was again short-lived, pulling back towards long run average levels in November. Despite the drop, the overall trend is still looking much better than 12-18 months prior, while levels of capacity utilisation have continued to improve.
  • Monthly Business Survey – October 2014

    Monthly Business Survey – October 2014
    Clearly the most surprising feature of the Survey was the sharp jump in business conditions in October (the largest monthly increase in the history of the survey). The improvement driven by sales and profits was relatively broad based –unlike the (short-lived) jump in July.
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