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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Q1 wages growth benign at 0.8% or +3.8% y/y -- below expectations

Well, the Q1 wages data surprised on the downside, only up +0.8% versus an expectation of +1.1%. Combined with a fall in vacancies and weak consumer sentiment data today, and last week's weak retail data and weak employment growth, the data-driven case for a June hike is fading by the second and will probably hang its hat on inflation expectations, capex and GDP before the RBA's June meeting.