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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

RBA assesses Aussie growth in first half of 2012 was "above trend"

Not many people picked that. From the SMP:

Overall, and notwithstanding the possibility that some of the strength in the March quarter GDP may be revised away, the data currently suggest that growth in activity may have been above trend over the first half of the year, led by continued strength in resource investment and, as measured, a strong pick-up in household consumption volumes.

The Bank’s current assessment is that growth is likely to be at about trend pace in the second half of 2012, as the strong growth in domestic demand moderates (Table  6.1). Nonetheless, the firm pace in the first half of the year sees the forecast for GDP growth over 2012 rise to 3½ per cent (from 3 per cent in the May Statement). The economy is then expected to grow at around 3 per cent over 2013 and 2014, little changed from the May Statement.