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Australian Westpac consumer sentiment falls -0.3% mom amid budget disappointment

Australia Westpac Consumer Sentiment index fell by -0.3% mom to 82.2 in May. Westpac highlighted that the primary takeaways from the May survey are “no let-up in the weak consumer environment” and the cautious mindset of consumers. Consumers are more inclined to use funds from fiscal measures to repair their finances rather than go on spending sprees, which aligns with RBA’s efforts to bring inflation back to target.

The May survey, conducted during budget week, provided a clear comparison of sentiment before and after the budget announcement. Sentiment among those surveyed before the budget was relatively optimistic, with an index reading of 86.8, marking a 5.3% increase from April. However, sentiment plummeted to 76.6 after the budget announcement, reflecting a 7% decline from April. This -11.8% drop in sentiment post-budget contrasts with a -7.4% decline observed last year.

Full Australia Westpac consumer sentiment release here.

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