Melbourne Institute


Small business index shows the sector is feeling positive about the future

2:53PM | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 |  Australian small businesses are feeling positive about their current and future performance, according to the first Westpac-Melbourne Institute Small Business Index.

Economic activity to remain below-trend: Report

8:01PM | Wednesday, 17 August 2011 |  The Westpac-Melbourne Institute Leading Index fell to 1.6% in June, as the economy grapples with consumer and business caution, higher savings rates and rising unemployment.

Consumer confidence slumps amid financial turmoil

8:26PM | Wednesday, 10 August 2011 |  Consumer confidence has taken another dive as concerns continue to mount about the global economy, but experts say the outlook could get even gloomier as financial markets remain volatile.

Consumer sentiment plunges amid carbon tax and rates fears

7:40PM | Wednesday, 13 July 2011 |  Consumer sentiment has hit a two-year low as concerns escalate about the European financial crisis, the ongoing impact of interest rate rises and the carbon tax.

Household finances hit ‘10-year low’

6:03PM | Wednesday, 22 June 2011 |  Household finances have hit their lowest level in a decade as consumers increase their precautionary savings, according to a new report by the Melbourne Institute.