Australian Dollar was lifted notably by better than expected GDP data in Asian session. Q2 GDP rose 0.9% qoq, 3.4% yoy, comparing to expectation of 0.8% qoq, 2.8% yoy. That’s marked the 27th year without recession, and it’s the strongest in almost six years. Chief Economist for the ABS, Bruce Hockman, said: “Growth in domestic demand accounts for over half the growth in GDP, and reflected strength in household expenditure.”
Looking at the details, domestic demand rose 0.6% qoq, government expenditure rose 1.0% qoq, new dwelling investments rose 3.6% qoq. However, employee compensation grew only 0.7% qoq “due to a rises in the number of wage and salary earners and wage rates.”
The lift to Aussie is relatively brief however. While the GDP figure was strong, it’s not enough to trigger even a rethink of interest path of RBA. Policymakers are looking for sign of pick up of wage growth.
Also released, Australia AiG performance of services index dropped -1.4 to 52.2 in August. New Zealand ANZ commodity price dropped -1.1% in August. China PMI services dropped to 51.5 in August, down from 52.8.