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Consumer confidence: confidence rebounds

  • ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian Consumer Confidence was up 1.4% last week.
  • Current financial conditions were up 2.8%, rebounding after three consecutive falls. Future financial conditions registered the fifth consecutive increase, rising 2.0%.
  • Economic conditions declined, with current and future economic conditions falling by 0.6% and 2.3% respectively.
  • There was a marked improvement in the ‘time to buy a household item’ index, with it registering 3.9% growth. This took the index to its highest level since the first half of October and above the long-run average. Fourweek moving average inflation expectations were stable at 4.3%.

ANZ’s Head of Australian Economics, David Plank, commented:

“Consumer confidence was up 1.4% last week thanks to a good showing from the ‘financial conditions’ and ‘time to buy a household item’ indices. This increase reverses a good portion of the decline captured in the first survey of 2019 and consolidates consumer confidence at a level comfortably above the long-run average. The resilience shown by Australian households amidst weak global and domestic cues is encouraging. Robust job vacancies data may have played a role.”


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