Westpac Economic's Weekly Update

Elliot Clarke


China was certainly the focus of financial markets this week. It a fitting time then for the release of the August edition of the Westpac-MNI China Consumer Sentiment survey. The detail on employment and family finances was an interesting contrast to the volatility apparent in China's equity markets. Households' views on the housing market were also largely constructive. In Australia, we received updates on construction and CAPEX investment ahead of next week's GDP result. CAPEX expectations remain worryingly weak, although we expect an improvement among service firms in due course.

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Elliot Clarke
Elliot Clarke
Senior Economist

An Economist based in Sydney Australia with a particular interest in macro-financial analysis of the Australian and global economy. Having spent a number of years with the Reserve Bank of Australia and Westpac Economics, monetary policy, the...


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