Australia Consumer Confidence


Australia: Consumer confidence falls in December, but remains in positive territory

December 10, 2015

The Westpac-Melbourne Institute Survey of Consumer Sentiment decreased from 101.7 in November to 100.8 in December. Despite the decrease the indicator is still above the 100 threshold that separates optimistic from pessimistic territory.

The institute stated that the indicator had held onto most of the gains observed in November. Consumer sentiment regarding family finances shows a robust improvement over the previous month. However, survey respondents appeared to have a less favorable view of future economic conditions. The institute elaborated that “ survey assessments around finances have almost fully recovered their October levels but expectations for the economic outlook have been pared back, albeit with these components still well above their October levels.”

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists see private consumption growing 2.6% in 2016, which is up 0.1 percentage pointsfrom last month’s forecast. In 2017, panelists see private consumption expanding 2.6%.

Author:, Economist

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Australia Consumer Confidence December 2015 1

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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