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Business Confidence up 1.4pts in November to 114.1

Source: Roy Morgan Business Single Source, Dec 2010–Nov 2017. Average monthly sample over the last 12 months = 953.
In Australia Business Confidence rose 1.4pts (+1.2%) to 114.1 in November despite political issues for the Government facing two by-elections over the next fortnight.

Businesses remain largely positive with a majority of businesses, 54.3% (up 0.8ppts), saying now is a ‘good time to invest in growing the business’ and 49.7% (up 1.9ppts) of businesses expecting good times financially over the next 12 months.

This month’s small increase in Business Confidence was driven by rises in confidence in industries including Finance & Insurance, Accommodation & Food services, Professional, scientific & technical and Education & training according to the Roy Morgan Business Single Source survey.

November Business Confidence remains just below the weekly ANZ-Roy Morgan Consumer Confidence, which was at 115.0 on the last weekend of November.

Monthly Business Confidence -- Australia

Business Confidence - November 2017 - 114.1Source: Roy Morgan Business Single Source, Dec 2010–Nov 2017. Average monthly sample over the last 12 months=953.

Business Confidence up in November driven by positive sentiment about the economy          

  • Businesses are less worried about the performance of the Australian economy over the next year with 49.7% (up 1.9ppts) now expecting ‘good times’ for the Australian economy while 44.2% (down 1.6ppts) expect ‘bad times’;

  • Longer-term views on the Australian economy also increased slightly in November with 50.6% (up 0.3ppts) expecting ‘good times’ for the Australian economy over the next five years although 41.0% (up 1.1ppts) now expect ‘bad times’;

  • On balance business are slightly more confident about their own performance with 42.4% (up 0.2ppts) saying the business is ‘better off’ financially than this time last year compared to 28.2% (down 0.7ppts) that say the business is ‘worse off’;

  • And 44% (down 1.8ppts) saying the business will be ‘better off’ financially this next year compared to 20.3% (down 2.9ppts) expecting the business to be ‘worse off’ this time next year – a net positive movement of 1.1ppts;

  • A slightly higher majority of businesses, 54.3% (up 0.8ppts) are also positive that the next 12 months will be a ‘good time to invest in growing the business’, much higher than the 36.9% (down 1.1ppts) that say it will be a ‘bad time to invest’.

Michele Levine, CEO Roy Morgan, says the strength in Business Confidence in recent months shows businesses are looking past short-term political volatility and are positive about 2018:

“Business Confidence increased 1.4pts (+1.2%) in November to 114.1, and is now slightly below Consumer Confidence which was at 115.0 on the final weekend of November. Business Confidence has recovered in recent weeks following three consecutive monthly falls and despite the ongoing political uncertainty caused by breaches of Section 44 of the Constitution.

“The strength in Business Confidence is driven by Australia’s largest State of New South Wales which saw a strong increase in November and now has Australia’s highest Business Confidence for the first time since April 2015. Business Confidence is also above the national average in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia while it continues to lag in Western Australia – the only State with Business Confidence below the neutral level of 100.

“Analysing the performance of industries in November shows that it is once again Mining which is enduring a strong rebound in 2017 which leads the way ahead of Accommodation and food services, Agriculture, forestry & fishing, Administration and support services and Public administration, safety & security as Australia’s most confident industries.

“Several industries produced a drag on overall Business Confidence in November including some ‘familiar faces’ such as Manufacturing, Electricity, gas, water and waste as well as Rental, hiring & real estate services, Personal, repair & other services.

“Wholesale trade was another industry with low Business Confidence in November and is one of several industries facing a significant shake-up as US retailer Amazon opens its first Australian warehouses and launches in the Australian marketplace in the run-up to Christmas. I explored the real science behind the Amazon ‘hype’ in a recent analysis of the ‘juggernaut’ and examined which Australian retailers have most to fear and which are best placed to withstand the competitive pressures Amazon is bringing to Australia – available to view here.”

Roy Morgan November Business Confidence results are based on 857 interviews with a cross-section of Australian businesses. Business Confidence is now below the 7yr average (116.2).

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