Topic: Economics


Seven Predictions from the 2018 Directors’ Sentiment Index

Stewards of organisations large and small had optimistic expectations about economic progress in the coming year, with a few exceptions. Read the top seven predictions from Australian directors arisin...

Annual inflation anchored below RBA target

Today’s inflation data for the March quarter revealed yet another subdued result. The so-called headline rate of inflation rose just 0.4%q/q last quarter, short of economists’ expectations.

Weekly Updates

Each Monday, Stephen Walters provides an update on the economic week that was, and the week that will be. You can follow Stephen’s updates here.

A dog’s breakfast of a jobs report for March

The Australian Bureau of Statistics today released the March jobs report. Embedded in the statistics was a timely lesson on the perils of reading too much into the month-to-month movements in the seas...

Director Sentiment Index: First Half 2018

For the third survey in a row director sentiment has reached its highest point since 2011, largely off the back of increased confidence about the strength of the Australian economy, as well as other m...

Finally, some good news on retail spending

Finally, we have some positive news on Australian consumers! National retail turnover rose 0.6%m/m in February, double what economists had expected.

Employment up for 17th straight month

The Australian Bureau of Statistics today released the official employment data for February. The outcome was a mixed bag, with aggregate employment rising for the 17th straight month – a record...

Ken Henry AC in conversation with Leigh Sales

NAB Chairman Ken Henry AC discusses the future of reform, why the tax debate has become 'strange' and the challenges facing the banking sector.

Rate of economic growth still subpar

The December quarter National Accounts, released this morning, revealed that Australia’s economy continues to expand, albeit still at a subpar rate. GDP in real terms grew 0.4%q/q, slightly belo...

RBA holding the line on upbeat outlook

The Board of Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) today announced an “unchanged” cash rate for the seventeenth straight meeting, matching the record stretch of policy inactivity set way back in...
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