Australia NAB Business Confidence dropped 2pts from 6 to 4 in October. Business Conditions also dropped 2pts from 14 to 12. Alan Oster, NAB Group Chief Economist noted that “the decline in the month was driven by weakness in the employment component – though at these levels the survey still suggests ongoing employment growth at around 20k per month. At this rate we should see recent labour market gains maintained”.
Also, it’s noted in the release that “surveyed wage bill measures and the official wage price index suggest that enough spare capacity has remained in the labour market to constrain a significant pickup in wage growth”. Hence, “September quarter wage data to be released later this week will show a small rise in the pace of growth but that overall wage growth will remain low relative to history.”
The data certainly supports the “no rush” stance of RBA.