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Consumer confidence lifts to seven-month high

Consumer confidence rose 1.9 points last week, and the four-week moving average increased by 0.6 points.


Among the mainland states, confidence rose in New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland, while it fell in South Australia and Western Australia.


The ‘weekly inflation expectations’ index softened 0.1 percentage points to 5.1 per cent, while the four-week moving average stayed at 5.2 per cent.


‘Current financial conditions’ rose 3.2 points, moving above 70 for the first time since April. ‘Future financial conditions’ increased 1.7 points.


‘Current economic conditions’ rose 1.0 points after two straight weeks of declines. ‘Future economic conditions’ gained 1.6 points. The ‘time to buy a major household item’ subindex improved 2.1 points.

"The ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian Consumer Confidence index is trending up and reached its highest level since the last week of February, though is still in weak territory," ANZ Senior Economist, Adelaide Timbrell said.


"Confidence about personal finances have been key to the recent upward trend. One less encouraging reason 'current finances' confidence is likely trending up may be because the question asks participants to compare their current finances to a year ago, and inflation and interest rates were already a central issue for households in late 2022."


"It may also reflect wage and employment growth over the last year, which have offset some effects of inflation and higher rates for many households."


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