The author has been described by News Ltd as an "iconoclast", "Svengali", a pollie's "economist muse", and "pungently accurate". Fairfax says he is a "Renaissance man" and "one of Australia’s most respected analysts." Stephen Koukoulas concludes that he is "85% right", and "would make a great Opposition leader." Terry McCrann claims the author thinks "‘nuance’ is a trendy village in the south of France", but can be "scintillating" when he thinks "clearly". The ACTU reckons he’s "an enigma wrapped in a Bloomberg terminal, wrapped in some apparently well-honed abs."

Thursday, October 7, 2010

D&B expects very positive December quarter

The latest D&B National Business Expectations Survey results for the December quarter 2010 outlook:

* Sales expectations have surged by 16 points, taking the index to 34
* An increase of 14 points has taken the profits index to 26, the highest level in more than six years
* The inventories index is at the highest level in seven years (13) following a six point rise
* A rise of four points has taken the capital investment index to 17, its highest level in seven years
* A four point gain has taken the selling prices index to 21
* Employment expectations have climbed three points to an index of eight