Consumer confidence


Business sales record third consecutive rise

12:16PM | Tuesday, 20 December 2011 |  Consumers continue to increase their appetite for spending, after the Commonwealth Bank Business Sales Indicator increased by 0.3% in November, with good news for clothing retailers.

Consumer sentiment falls 8.3% in December

12:40PM | Wednesday, 14 December 2011 |  Consumer sentiment fell by 8.3% in December, its lowest level since August this year.

Retail sales record 25-month high ahead of Christmas

11:52PM | Friday, 18 November 2011 |  October was the best month for retailers in 25 months, according to the Commonwealth Bank Business Sales Indicator, suggesting Christmas sales may not be as dismal as initially thought.

Take the post rate-cut temperature of your customers

11:01PM | Wednesday, 2 November 2011 |  As I keep saying, intelligence is everything in this market. So ring a few key customers and have a chat about how they are placed for the coming year.

Melbourne Cup rate cut tipped despite hike in sales

10:50PM | Tuesday, 25 October 2011 |  Small business sales increased by 5.2% year-on-year in September, according to the latest ANZ Small Business Trends report, but economists still anticipate a rate cut on Melbourne Cup Day.

Is the weakness in the retail sector due to the fact there are too many retailers?

10:57PM | Friday, 21 October 2011 |  While we potentially have an oversupply of retailers in Australia, the fact is consumers are spending less.

Credit card debt decline points to slow Xmas sales

10:41PM | Wednesday, 19 October 2011 |  Personal bankruptcies have fallen to their lowest level in five years as consumers cut down on their credit card use, but further bad news has been forecast for retailers in the lead-up to Christmas.

Transport and services offer brightest outlook for start-ups: Report

9:38PM | Tuesday, 13 September 2011 |  New data reveals manufacturing confidence has continued to plummet but the transport, utilities, personal services and recreation sectors are enjoying improved conditions.

Unemployment rises amid growing consumer gloom

9:12PM | Thursday, 8 September 2011 |  Australia’s unemployment rate unexpectedly rose to 5.3% in August, with consumer confidence now at a record low, separate grim new figures have revealed.

Fitness First’s shrinking figures a warning for franchisees

8:44PM | Monday, 29 August 2011 |  Fitness franchises are starting to feel the effects of slow consumer spending, new reports claim, suggesting prospective franchisees should do their research before investing in the sector.