In April, the business sentiment index published by the National Australian Bank (NAB) inched up to 4.0 points from 3.0 points in March, marking a second consecutive monthly increase. With the April reading, business confidence moved further above from the 0-point threshold that separates positive from negative opinion, suggesting an improvement in investment prospects going forward. At a sector level, confidence improved markedly in retail as well as in recreation and personal services (both +6 points). On the other end of the spectrum, confidence deteriorated in mining (-5 points) and wholesale trade (-5 points). Construction is the sector currently showing the highest confidence level (+10 points), whereas manufacturing was the lowest ranking sector for a second consecutive month (0 points).
Australia Business Confidence
Business sentiment inches up in April
May 10, 2012
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Australia Business Confidence Chart
Note: Index of business sentiment; 0-point threshold indicates equal number of positive and negative responses.
Source: National Australia Bank
Australia Economic News
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October 11, 2016
The business confidence index published by the National Australia Bank (NAB) was stable in September at August’s 6 points.
October 5, 2016
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October 4, 2016
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