Consumer confidence

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For many small businesses the past month has been the most difficult period of the pandemic. Australia needs a better plan to help more survive.


Consumer confidence isn’t looking good, investor loans cause concern for the regulators, and Australia’s trade surplus sends the Aussie dollar soaring. If only we knew what President Trump will do next, writes Richard Holden.

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Three important measures of confidence in the Australian economy were released this week, writes Richard Holden.


Business confidence is largely based on gut-feel, but the good news for the government is it can be manipulated to lift the spirits of even the most hardened traders, writes Gigi Foster.