Growth Of Australian Economy For March Quarter 2017 Up 0.3 %

Growth Of Australian Economy For March Quarter 2017 Up 0.3 %

Australian Bureau Of Statistics

GDP Increase Moderates As Dwelling Investment And Exports Detract From Growth

Victor P Taffa

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data shows the pace of growth of the Australian economy slowed in the March quarter to 0.3 % in seasonally adjusted chain volume terms. Through the year, GDP grew 1.7 %.

Growth was recorded across the economy with 17 out of 20 industries growing during the quarter. Strong growth was observed within the service industries including Finance and Insurance Services, Wholesale Trade, and Health Care and Social Assistance.

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing decreased after strong growth in the previous two quarters, while Manufacturing decreased for the 10th time in 11 quarters.

“This broad-based growth was tempered by falls in exports and dwelling investment. Dwelling investment declined in all states, except Victoria, and overall is the largest decline for Australia since June 2009.” Chief Economist for the ABS, Bruce Hockman said.

Compensation of employees (COE) increased 1.0 % in the March quarter, a pick up from the negative growth recorded in the December quarter, and is consistent with other labour market data.

COE is still only 1.5 % higher through the year, continuing to contribute to the reduction in the household saving rate. Household saving ratio fell to 4.7 in the March quarter, half the rate it was in March quarter 2013.

“Even though there was a fall in dwelling investment this quarter, levels are still historically high. There was also positive growth in household consumption, albeit in non-discretionary items such as electricity and fuel purchases. Softer growth in household consumption is broadly in line with modest income growth.” Mr. Hockman said.

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