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Conflicting Risks for RBA as Business Conditions Index Deteriorates

BySamantha Nguyen

Jun 11, 2024
Business conditions in Australia show signs of weakening in May as cost pressures increase

A survey conducted by the National Australia Bank (NAB) found that Australian business conditions deteriorated in May, falling below their long-term average. This was due to slowing sales and profits growth, which led to a decline in the overall business conditions index by 1 point to +6. However, there was a slight increase in the employment index after a previous decrease.

The mixed results of the survey present a challenge for the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). While there are concerns about economic growth, there are also warnings signs about inflation. NAB Chief Economist Alan Oster stated that this presents conflicting risks for the RBA, which will keep interest rates steady for the foreseeable future as they navigate through these challenges.

The RBA has kept interest rates unchanged at 4.35% for four consecutive meetings but has not made a definitive decision on future policy changes. The survey revealed a re-acceleration of cost pressures in May, with growth in retail prices, labor costs, and purchasing costs all increasing compared to previous data.

Oster emphasized that inflation is likely to rise gradually and unevenly in the coming months, based on the survey results. Market expectations suggest that interest rates will remain steady for a longer period, with the first rate cut not fully priced in until July of next year. Despite these challenges, businesses are encouraged to remain optimistic and continue investing in their operations to drive future growth.

By Samantha Nguyen

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