Australia NAB Business Condition staged a moderate rebound in January up from 2 to 7 and beat expectation of 4. That came after the sharp decline from 11 to 3 in December. Business Confidence also rose slightly from 3 to 4. NAB noted that even after the recovery, “conditions and forward orders continue to trend lower and still show a sizeable decline over the past 6 months.”
Alan Oster, NAB Group Chief Economist noted that “Based on the confirmation that conditions have deteriorated further and our current set of forecasts we now see the RBA staying in neutral for the foreseeable future, though think the next move could be down rather than up based on the current trajectory of growth and growing downside risks”.