Australia Consumer Confidence


Consumer pessimism continues in April with little change

The Westpac-Melbourne Institute Survey of Consumer Sentiment inched up from the 99.5 points tallied in March to 99.7 points in April. Despite April's timid increase, the indicator still rests slightly below the 100-point threshold that separates optimistic from pessimistic territory.

The indicator began a free-fall in November and this represents the first uptick since then. Consumers were more optimistic regarding the economic conditions over the next 12 months, but their intentions to buy major household items and homes deteriorated markedly. Regarding the job market, consumers expect unemployment to rise in the year ahead.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists see private consumption growing 2.6% in 2014, which is unchanged from last month's forecast. In 2015, panelists see private consumption expanding 2.9%.


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Australia Consumer Confidence April 2014

Note: Index of consumer sentiment; 100-point threshold indicates equal number of positive and negative responses.
Source: Westpac - Melbourne Institute Survey of Consumer Sentiment.

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