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Australia AiG services dropped to contraction at 48

Australia AiG Performance of Services Index dropped sharply by -5.3 pts to 48.0 in September, back in contraction. Looking at some details, sales tumbled by -10.1 to 41.8. Employment edged down by -0.6 to 52.6. New orders dropped -7.1 to 50.2. Input prices rose 4.7 to 73.4. Selling prices dropped -2.9 to 58.3. Average wages dropped -1.7 to 65.9.

Innes Willox, Chief Executive of Ai Group, said: “The increasingly uncertain economic environment is dragging on service industries. The sector has fallen into contraction in September, and all services activity indicators have worsened in the last month. Low consumer and business confidence – following repeated interest rate rises and persistent inflation – were major factors in this decline. The indicators for sales, new orders, and selling prices all fell, while input prices continued their upward march adding to inflationary pressures.

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