Australia NAB Business Conditions rose 3 pts to 7 in March, beat expectation of 2.On the positive side, employment index rose 2 pts to 7. It remains “well above average, suggesting that for now, survey indicators of labour demand remain favourable.” Trading and profitability also rebounded.
However, Business Confidence dropped -2 pts to 0, missed expectation of 4. It also “continued the below average run. “Other forward looking indicators – capacity utilisation and forward orders – showed some improvement but remain at or below average. Also, it’s noted that “overall survey measures of prices and inflation remain weak.”