ANZ Roy Morgan weekly Consumer Sentiment for the week ended December 7, a fall of 3.1% on the week to 110.4

  • Lowest level in four months
  • Driven by a sharp decline in confidence in the economic outlook (ANZ blame the the weak GDP data and media focus on government’s economic management)

ANZ chief economist Warren Hogan:

  • We think a key question for monetary policy right now is would rate cuts help build confidence or generate more concern and uncertainty about the future of the economy.
  • Today’s number suggests that it may be the latter.
  • We will be watching the weekly numbers closely over the Christmas shopping season to gauge the momentum the economy will take into 2015

This data point is not often much of an immediate FX market mover … and sure enough the AUD isn’t doing much on it.