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ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian Consumer Confidence ticks up to 115.1 after Federal Election called for July 2

This weekly ANZ-Roy Morgan Consumer Confidence Rating is based on 1,008 face-to-face interviews conducted Australia-wide with men and women aged 14 and over last weekend May 14/15, 2016.
ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian Consumer Confidence rose 1.1% to 115.1 this week, remaining above its long run average for the third consecutive week. We expect that the RBA’s cut to the official cash rate two weeks ago likely had a (delayed) positive impact on consumer confidence.

  • The improvement in confidence was driven by consumers’ views of the economic outlook. Views towards ‘economic conditions in the next 12 months’ bounced a sharp 6.1%, and views towards ‘the economy in the next 5 years’ also rose strongly, up 3.3%.

  • In contrast, consumers’ views towards their own current finances fell 1.8% last week, and views towards future personal finances were down 0.6%. While these series have been weaker recently, they remain well above their long run averages.

  • Finally, consumers’ views towards buying a household item declined 0.7%, partially reversing the bounce in the previous week.
ANZ Head of Australian Economics Felicity Emmett commented:

“ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian Consumer Confidence rose this week in what we expect was a drawn-out reaction to the previous week’s interest rate cut from the RBA. Stronger equity markets were also likely helpful in lifting confidence.

"With news on the election battle quite mixed over the past week, we expect that there was little impact on sentiment. With such a long election campaign, however, it will be interesting to see how quickly voter fatigue sets in.

"With the economic outlook still quite uncertain, we expect that confidence will remain sensitive to developments in the domestic economic data, as well as the evolution of the political debate in the lead-up to the July election.”

ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian Consumer Confidence - May 17, 2016 - 115.1

ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian Consumer Confidence - May 17, 2016 - 115.1

ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian Consumer Confidence - May 17, 2016 - 115.1

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The week that was - May 9-15, 2016

  • RBA leaves possibility of further interest rate cuts open

  • Shorten, Turnbull distance themselves from the Greens amid talk of partnerships

  • Shorten defends Labor's asylum seeker stance amid division

  • Income tax debate shapes as election issue

  • Cory Bernardi has been kicked out of top spot on the Liberals' Senate ticket in South Australia, with Education Minister Simon Birmingham taking over the number one position

  • Opposition Leader Bill Shorten downplays internal tensions over asylum seeker policy after a Labor candidate questioned the party's stance, as Peter Dutton confirms asylum seekers who arrived on Cocos Island were returned to Sri Lanka last week

  • Australian banks report lowest profitability since 2009

  • Manus Island refugees no longer in detention: PNG

  • Qantas CEO Alan Joyce and Coca-Cola Amatil CEO Alison Watkins are among the business leaders who have declared their support for the Australian Government's proposal to progressively reduce the company tax rate

  • Some 900 asylum seekers and refugees on Manus Island are no longer in detention, according to PNG authorities who say the men are free leave the centre during the day and can resettle in PNG if they want