NAB Economics Data Insights 20 August 2020

For the week ended August 15, NAB data shows a -1.5% year-on-year decline in overall consumption spending.

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For the week ended August 15, NAB data shows a -1.5% year-on-year decline in overall consumption spending – the first fall in weekly spending since the week ending May 2. This was mainly driven by very sharp falls in VIC – particularly lockdown areas (down around 17%) – our data includes for the first time a full week of lockdown. Spending also slowed in other states, but was still positive (albeit barely in NSW, and TAS now out-performing). Across key industry sectors, we noted a significant slowdown in Retail spending relative to last week, with spending on Hospitality, Education and Health Care also much weaker and falling much faster than last week.

Total payment inflows into NAB merchants have also been hit hard. In 6-week moving average year-on-year terms, they fell -1.7% (3.0% last week), implying a very big hit in the latest week. Corporates (and small firms) were hit hardest, with inflows into corporates posting its biggest fall this year. Inflows into large and emerging firms were positive, but slowed relative to last week. By industry, the rate of decline into Mining continues to gather steam, with the rate of decline also accelerating in the under-performing Transport and Hospitality sectors.

For further details, please see NAB Data Insights 20 August 2020 Report.