Business clings to optimism despite bleak reality

The latest Business Expectations survey has revealed a deep sense of pessimism from Australian businesses, driven by sharp declines in sentiment from the construction and retail sectors. Although expectations for the December 2019 quarter increased slightly on a quarterly basis, all measurements declined on a year-on-year basis.

Key Insights:

  • Construction confidence down
  • Selling price indices down on every measure
  • Retail hopes down in wake of difficult March quarter
  • Election result provides small boost to business
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