Current Account in Australia
Australia - Current Account (billions of U.S. Dollars)The economic recovery was seemingly limited in Q3, following Q2’s record GDP contraction. On the production side, business confidence—despite improving from Q2—remained entrenched in pessimistic territory. This, coupled with a sizable contraction in merchandise exports, points to still-weak private sector activity. Meanwhile, elevated uncertainty and the lockdown in Victoria seemed to weigh on consumer confidence and constrain spending in Q3: Retail sales contracted month-on-month in both August and September. Moreover, the labor market shed jobs at the tail end of the quarter, likely further dragging on private consumption. Moving to Q4, the lifting of lockdown measures in Melbourne in late October bodes well for the recovery. Furthermore, the adoption of an expansionary budget for FY 2021 boosted consumer and business confidence at the beginning of the quarter and should support activity ahead.
Australia - Current Account (USD bn) Data
|Current Account Balance (USD bn)||-58.2||-41.4||-35.4||-28.5||7.8|
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Australia Current Account (USD bn) Chart
Source: Australia Bureau of Statistics and FocusEconomics calculations.
|Bond Yield||1.37||1.47 %||Dec 31|
|Exchange Rate||0.70||0.05 %||Dec 31|
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June 9, 2021
GDP rose 1.8% in seasonally-adjusted quarter-on-quarter terms in Q1, benefiting from strong fiscal and monetary stimulus.
June 6, 2021
At its monetary policy meeting on 1 June, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) decided to keep the cash rate unchanged at the all-time low of 0.10%.
June 3, 2021
Nominal retail sales grew 1.1% month-on-month in seasonally-adjusted terms in April (March: +1.3% s.a.
May 20, 2021
Seasonally-adjusted employment decreased by 30,600 in April, following 77,000 jobs gain in March and surprising markets on the downside.
May 20, 2021
The business confidence index produced by National Australia Bank (NAB) jumped to 26.0 points in April from 16.7 points in March, marking a record-high reading.