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Australian Business Confidence Declines in September Despite RBA’s Rate Cuts

Posted Tuesday, October 8, 2019 by
Arslan Butt • 1 min read

According to a recent survey by the National Australia Bank (NAB), business confidence in Australia stagnated in September despite the RBA’s decision to cut interest rates. The NAB business confidence declined to 0 in September from +1 in August.

index touched +2 in September from +1 in August, but still coming in below the average reading of +6 for the sixth consecutive month. Consumer sentiment and growing external risks driven by the US-China trade war and the weakness in global economic growth continue to weigh on Australia’s corporate sector, something the RBA rate cuts are expected to rectify.

A key indicator of domestic demand, forward orders, inched slightly higher to -2 in September from -4 in August, but still remains in the negative territory. On the positive side, the employment index posted a growth from +2 in August to +3 in September.

This news has failed to make much of an impact on AUD/USD which continues to trade steady around 0.6745 at the time of writing.

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