Economic Insights

Economic Indicators

Commentary and analysis of key economic data and developments.

Latest Updates

A snapshot of the latest in economic indicators from our Economic Services team.
  • 28 Sep 2023 Retail Trade August 2023
    Retail trade rose a seasonally adjusted 0.2% in August, slightly less than the 0.3% pencilled in by the consensus. The annual rate of retail sales growth declined to 1.5% in seasonally adjusted terms and 1.3% in trend terms, which is the slowest trend growth on record.
  • 27 Sep 2023 CPI - August 2023
    The monthly CPI indicator rose to 5.2% over the year to August 2023, 0.3ppts up from the 4.9% in the previous month and in line with the market expectations. The renewed rise in inflation was driven almost exclusively by transport amid a strong rebound in automotive fuel prices.
  • 14 Sep 2023 Employment August 2023
    Employment rose by 64.9k in August, well above the 25.0k pencilled in by the consensus. The unemployment rate remained at 3.7%, both in seasonally adjusted and trend terms. Western Australian employment rose by another 14.7k in August, but the unemployment rate picked up 0.3ppts to 3.8% amid a 0.7ppts surge in participation to a six-month high of 69.3%.

All Economic Indicators

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  • Balance of Payments

    Measuring economic transactions between Australia and the rest of the world.

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  • Building Approvals

    A breakdown of building work approved within Australia over the last month.

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  • CPI Inflation

    The most recent data on consumer price inflation across Australia.

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  • Employment

    A snapshot of employment and participation within the Australian labour force.

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  • GDP

    Measures the total market value of all goods and services produced in Australia.

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  • Housing Finance

    Newly approved loan commitments for borrowers for housing purposes.

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  • Retail Trade

    Domestic developments in retail trade across industry groups and states.

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  • Trade Balance

    A summary of developments in Australian foreign trade over the most recent month.

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  • Wages

    Measuring changes in wage price indices for individual industries and states.

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