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Australian manufacturing sector faces steepest decline since May 2020, Judo Bank PMI shows

The latest data released by Judo Bank reveals a concerning trend for Australia's manufacturing sector, as conditions deteriorated at the fastest rate since May 2020.

China’s manufacturing PMI signals deteriorating conditions in October

China’s manufacturing industry experienced a slight setback in October, with the latest Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) data from Caixin and S&P Global revealing deterioration in production as a result of slower sales. 

Australian Producer Price Index reports positive figures as manufacturing input prices went up

The Australian Producer Price Index has increased by 5.2 per cent in Q1 year-over-year versus a forecasted 5.0 per cent, while input prices to manufacturing rose 0.6 per cent over the quarter and rose 5.0 per cent over the past 12 months.

ACTU calls for 7% pay rise for lowest-paid workers to keep up with inflation

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) is calling for a seven per cent pay rise for workers, which would lift the minimum hourly rate to $22.88 and the minimum annual full-time rate by $2966 to take it to $45,337.28. 

Australian private sector activity dragged down by low business activity in March

Australian private sector’s output slumped in March following a deterioration in demand conditions that led to lower business activity. 

China’s manufacturing sector sees growth amid pandemic restrictions

The Caixin China General Manufacturing PMI has increased to 51.6 in February 2023 from 49.2 in January, marking the first uptick in the sector since last July and the highest reading in eight months, after an abrupt shift in COVID policy. 

Orora sees first half earnings soar to $165.8m, up 7.3%

Australia-based global packaging manufacturer Orora has announced its financial results for the half year with earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of $165.8 million, up 7.3 per cent driven by strong earnings growth in North America and robust earnings performance in Australasia.

Ai Group: Australian industry contracts for ninth straight month

The Ai Group’s newly launched Australian Industry Index has dropped 10.5 points to -11.6 points in December/January 2023, marking the industry’s ninth month of contraction since May 2022.

Judo Bank: Australia’s manufacturing PMI slips to 50.0 in January

The manufacturing sector in Australia slipped into stagnation in January with a manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) score of 50.0, down from 50.2 in December 2022, marking the conclusion of a 31-month growth streak.

Small business optimism declines as expectations for better business conditions worsens in December

The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index declined 2.1 points in December to 89.8, marking the 12th consecutive month below the 49-year average of 98.
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