Australia’s business situation shows promising improvements in August: Survey

Sydney — Australia’s business conditions indicators welcome improvements in August as sales and profits overcome the coronavirus blockade in parts of the country and provide hope for a quick recovery once restrictions are relaxed Was shown.

According to a National Australia Bank survey on Tuesday, the August economic index rose 4 points to +14, recovering some of the 14-point plunge in July.

After diving in July, the confidence of the survey increased by 2 points to 5 as the blockade spread from Sydney to Melbourne and Canberra.

Importantly, the condition index was well above the long-term average, and the company was much better than it was at the first blockage last year.

“The resilience of the study in this episode will end with the healthy momentum of the pre-blocking economy, continued financial and financial support, and the deployment of vaccines,” said Alan Oster, chief economist at NAB. It is likely to reflect that certainty. “

“We expect a big blow to activity in the third quarter, but this study supports our view that activity will recover when restrictions are relaxed.”

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) also claimed last week that the economy would recover rapidly after the blockade and could predict strong growth next year.

Regulation relaxation is expected to begin around mid-October, when more people will be vaccinated, but states have different views on when to fully open.

Another ANZ consumer survey on Tuesday showed that the reopening plan for New South Wales, announced last week, had an immediate impact, increasing confidence in the state by 10.6%.

It helped lift emotions nationwide by 3.1 percent, as consumer moods improved across their own financial position and the economy in general.

Consumers were still shopping as sales recovered from +12 in July to +19 in August and profitability remained strong from +5 to +15, according to a NAB survey.

The employment index fell 2 points to +9, which is also above the long-term average.

Forward orders surged to +6, but utilization dropped to 80.0%, indicating that the system has plenty of room.

The NAB survey was conducted from August 17th to 30th.

Wayne Cole