NAB Economics Data Insights, 23 July 2020

NAB’s latest Data Insights highlight a slowdown in consumption spending in recent weeks.

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NAB’s latest Data Insights highlight a slowdown in consumption spending in recent weeks, with overall growth easing to 5.8% y/y for the week ended July 18. Spending slowed in all states and territories (except SA/NT). It is now weakest in VIC (-0.7%) with this result heavily influenced by lockdown in metropolitan Melbourne. NSW is also weakening faster than most. Relative to last year, overall spending growth slowed (or fell further) in all industries, but overall growth continues to be supported mainly by spending on Construction and Retail Trade.

Payment inflows across all industries were flat (0.1%) in the 4-weeks to July 18 (4-week average terms). Inflows are still falling heaviest for corporates. By industry, they were down most in Mining, Transport and Hospitality, and were strongest in Agriculture, Manufacturing, Retail Trade and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services.

For further details, please see NAB Data Insights 23 July 2020 Report.