INSIGHTS, TRENDS AND CASE STUDIES

The NAB Cashless Retail Sales Index shows improvement in January following a weak December.

Overall sentiment around commercial property (measured by the NAB Commercial Property Index) moderated a little in Q4 (down 1 to +17) but is still well above the long-term average (+2).

Stability in financial markets over 2017 and early 2018 came to abrupt end in recent weeks, with a surge in market volatility and big falls in equity markets and prices for many commodities.

Rising demand, shrinking resources, vulnerable clients – we can’t keep ignoring the challenging business of healthcare for the elderly.

The calm in financial markets for much of 2017 and into early 2018 recently came to an abrupt end with a surge in market volatility and big falls in share prices.

Strong improvement in SME business conditions in Q4 2017, while confidence retreated a touch.

Global upturn to continue despite market turbulence.

The RBI held the benchmark Repo rate at 6% at its February meeting. This decision was in line with expectations.

Cautious optimism, but much depends on wages and the consumer.

2018 has seen a fairly mixed start to the year, with significant differences between regions and industries.

The quarterly NAB Business Survey gives a more in-depth probe into the conditions facing Australian business than the monthly survey, and also provides extra information about how firms perceive the outlook for their respective industries.

NAB’s Consumer Anxiety Index* was basically unchanged in Q4 2017 at near survey lows with job security causing Australians the least stress, consistent with a strongly improving labour market.

In seasonally adjusted terms, at -2.2%, online retail sales contracted in December, the largest since November 2014. Looking through the month to month volatility, while the trend is still positive, it has again slowed.

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