Australia GDP grew 0.5% qoq in Q2, matched expectations. Annual growth slowed to 1.4%, way slower than 3.1% a year ago and was the worst since 2009. ABS Chief Economist for Bruce Hockman, noted “the external sector drove GDP growth this quarter, while growth in the domestic economy remains steady”. Net exports added 0.6% to Q2’s growth, reflecting strong exports of mining commodities. He added, “strength in mining related activity was seen across a number of measures in the economy”.
According to Westpac, today’s data strengthened the case for further RBA rate cut in the very near term. To achieve RBA’s growth forecasts of 2.5% for 2019, the economy needs to register 1.6% growth in the second half. That’s seen as out of reach while recent retail and housing data were also disappointing. Westpac expects another RBA cut in October.