Weekly economic update: Business confidence spikes but uncertainty reigns

Uncertainty about energy prices and political dithering on company tax rates point to businesses waiting before investing heavily, writes… Richard Holden, UNSW This week: business confidence spikes, unemployment is flat, and the market gets ready for a US interest rate rise. Last week I outlined a provocative idea about why business confidence could be relatively…


Vacancy Rates Fall in January after seasonal rises over Holiday period

Housing data released by SQM Research have revealed that the number of national residential vacancies fell in January, with 78,364 rental homes vacant and available for rent, giving a national vacancy rate of 2.4%. Year on year, National vacancies are steady.   Key Points • Nationally, vacancies rose slightly during January 2017, recording a rate…

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