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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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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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Key surveys have our economy surging

Key surveys from the ANZ and NAB show a very strong February for business conditions, business confidence and job ads.

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Consumers less confident than bullish business

Australian consumers are less confident than business, the latest Westpac/Melbourne Institute survey of consumer sentiment shows. But is the lack of confidence due to interest rate rises?

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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 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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NAB sees blue skies ahead

The NAB’s quarterly business survey shows improvements in confidence, expectations and conditions ahead of tomorrow’s important consumer inflation figures.

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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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DJ’s rich pickings from the PM’s cash splash

The naysayers who claim the Rudd government’s cash splash didn’t impact, need only consult the latest retail sector profit results.

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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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Business conditions in shock pre-Budget rebound

There seems to have been a steadying in business conditions on the eve of the Federal Budget.

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Market up 84, Dow down 25

The SFE Futures suggested a 63 point rise in the market this morning. Our market is up following a 220 point rise on Wall St since we closed on Thursday.

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Sackings multiply as recession bites hard

The slight improvement in business confidence in the latest National Australia Bank survey belies Qantas’s decision to slash its workforce.

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Retail sales flat, business outlook still gloomy

Plenty of fresh numbers out this morning, but not many economic rays of sunshine, writes Glenn Dyer.

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