INSIGHTS, TRENDS AND CASE STUDIES

Growth remains above trend, but risks a concern.

An unchanged economic outlook, but downside risks building.

The business conditions index fell by 2pts to +12 index points in July, continuing its run of declines since April. Business confidence ticked up 1pt to +7 index points, an around average level.

The US economy grew strongly in Q2 2018, driven by a rebound in consumption and further solid business investment growth.

Overall sentiment in commercial property markets (measured by the NAB Commercial Property Index) moderated in Q2. The Index fell 4 points to +17 but remains well above its long-term average (+3).

Aged care is a sector that’s been under the microscope for years. But while it has faced real challenges, its future now looks bright.

Forecasts broadly unchanged but new risks to watch.

The business conditions index ticked up by 1pt to +15 index points in June, after easing in the previous month. The business confidence edged down 1pts to +6 index points, to be around its long-run average level.

Business innovation levels rebound; leadership pivotal to growth.

Cracks starting to show in the upward global growth momentum.

Economy off to a strong start early in 2018

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