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Consumer confidence holds ahead of reopening

  • September 23 2021
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Consumer confidence holds ahead of reopening

By Fergus Halliday
September 23 2021

The battle between consumer confidence and caution looks to be on a knife’s edge in the coming weeks.

Consumer confidence holds ahead of reopening

Consumer confidence holds ahead of reopening

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  • September 23 2021
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The battle between consumer confidence and caution looks to be on a knife’s edge in the coming weeks.

Consumer confidence holds ahead of reopening

Consumer confidence is at a standstill as NSW and Victoria creep towards reopening their respective economies.

“Consumer confidence barely moved last week, rising just 0.2 [of a percentage point],” ANZ head of Australian economics David Plank said.

Pointing to the latest ANZ-Roy Morgan tracker, Mr Plank said that consumer confidence remains below the 2021 average but up on where it was a year ago.

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Broken out by states, the latest ANZ-Roy Morgan tracker found that consumer confidence was slightly down in NSW and Victoria but virtually unchanged in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

“Driving this week’s increase was improving confidence about the year ahead, with more people expecting to be better off financially this time next year and positive views about the Australian economy’s performance over the next year and next five years improving on a week ago,” the tracker noted.

That being said, the latest ANZ-Roy Morgan tracker came with a significant caveat. The full impact on consumer confidence of the Victorian government’s reopening plan likely won’t be seen until the tracker’s next snapshot of the Australian economy.

“Falling COVID case numbers in NSW plus Victoria’s plan for opening may boost confidence over the coming week,” Mr Plank suggested.

The latest ANZ-Roy Morgan tracker also noted that a rising 38 per cent of Australians expect their family to be better off financially in the coming year, while a falling 13 per cent expect the opposite.

Buying intentions slipped by 1 point to 34 per cent, but a burgeoning 32 per cent of Australians see current market conditions as a bad time to buy major household items.

While 14 per cent of Australians expressed an expectation that the Australian economy would experience good times over the next 12 months, 24 per cent were less optimistic.

Looking at the long term, the tracker found that 22 per cent of Australians expected good times for the economy over the next five years. This optimism beat out the pessimistic 18 per cent who expect to experience bad times over the next five years.

The story here was mirrored by the Westpac-Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment for Australia, which increased by 2 per cent in September while buying intentions slipped.

“The resilience of consumer sentiment in a period when Australia’s two major cities have been locked down and the economy has been contracting is truly remarkable,” commented Westpac chief economist Bill Evans.

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Fergus is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He likes to write about money, markets, how innovation is changing the financial landscape and how younger consumers can achieve their goals in unpredictable times. 

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Fergus Halliday

Fergus is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He likes to write about money, markets, how innovation is changing the financial landscape and how younger consumers can achieve their goals in unpredictable times. 

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