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Growth turns towards the fast lane

If recent momentum in business confidence is sustained — and it might be — global GDP growth in 2014 could reach a pace not seen since before the global financial meltdown.

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Business confidence takes a punch to the face

The latest NAB business confidence survey shows business conditions have fallen to their weakest level in three years, driven down by declines in employment, profitability and trading conditions.

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Debt v surplus: watch out, we’re going to have a crash

Cutting rates too far at the present time carries serious risks. And yet not cutting far enough will force business closures at the margins, writes Rob Burgess of Business Spectator.

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Kohler: and the survey shows … Labor’s growing labour crisis

There’s been a dramatic shift in sentiment among Australia’s chief executives that puts what’s going on in Canberra today into sharp relief. Skills shortages have come back into sharp focus.

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Ask the economists: a brief boom, and then what?

In its latest Budget Monitor, Access says that while commodity revenues will benefit the bottom line in the short term by a total of $6 billion, outstripping Treasury’s predictions, things could turn sour as prices inevitably tail off towards the middle of the decade. Crikey asked for a consensus.

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Business confidence down for third successive month: NAB

As was probably expected, Australian business confidence fell sharply in May, down for a third successive month while business conditions were mixed to weaker.

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NAB boosts growth and employment forecasts

Another strong month for business confidence and conditions has seen NAB boost its growth forecasts and lower its expected unemployment peak.

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NAB data has RBA humming a rate rise tune

Buried in yesterday’s very upbeat business confidence and conditions survey from the National Australia Bank was a surprisingly negative forecast on house prices for 2010.

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NAB survey: Economy gathering pace

Is it time to take the foot off the stimulus pedal? Today’s NAB business survey reveals what it calls the “remarkable ongoing strength” in business confidence and there’s been a rapid rise in business conditions.

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Business gets a little less confident

The recent strong surge in business confidence has ended with the National Australia Bank reporting a small dip in the September reading today.

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Carving out another notch on the recovery belt

All the negative talk of the economic slowdown has been temporarily silenced by another sharp improvement in business confidence, according to the latest NAB business survey.

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The Dyer Index: Black is back for GDP

Business conditions are looking up with business confidence bouncing back to nearly its long term average, the latest NAB survey finds.

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Business confidence on the up as NAB breaks ranks

Enjoy the return to the good times, because according to the NAB, conditions could very well turn down again later this year and into 2010.

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Business confidence back on the up and up

Business confidence is riding high thanks to a free-spending federal budget, booming growth, the stockmarket and commodity rally.

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Dyer’s business wrap: Amex warns … business investment tumbles

Wall Street’s temporary bounce has been smothered in a torrent of bad news overnight from the US, writes Glenn Dyer.

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Business confidence falls back to earth

The latest business confidence figures suggest a case of easy come, easy go for the Australian economy, writes Glenn Dyer.

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Eurozone economy: Situation critical

In Europe is now becoming slowly clear that the recession is much deeper serious than first thought, writes Glenn Dyer.

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Confidence up, confidence down: Our bipolar economy

We are seeing an economy where business and consumers are starting to take divergent views, writes Glenn Dyer.

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Business confidence plumbs record depths

The latest business confidence figures come as the Australian economy continues its contraction — and there could be worse to come, writes Glenn Dyer.

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Corporate confidence stays in a hole. Phew.

Corporate confidence in the future of the economy has again fallen, according to the latest Business Confidence Survey from the NAB, reports Glenn Dyer.

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Unemployment beyond 5%? Just what the RBA ordered

The Reserve Bank and some of the more hawkish business economists and commentators might rue the day they weighed into the Australian economy with a club, writes Glenn Dyer.

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Happy Christmas: Retail sales hold the key

Naughty Australian shoppers kept their wallets open in December and spent up big for the festive season, writes Glenn Dyer.

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The Economy: Business confidence up

Wall Street recovered overnight, following the Australian market’s relatively strong performance yesterday. Perhaps this will come to be seen as a small correction, with no need for the shoal of local economists to switch directions on interest rates (again) like a shoal of sardines sensing a predator.

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