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AUSTRALIA: Westpac-Melbourne Institute's Leading Index for July rose slightly in
July but pointed to a strong rebound in growth rate to 0.55% above trend from
0.06% below in June. However, despite the rebound, the leading index growth rate
has slowed materially since the start of the year to +0.55% in July from +1.31%
in February.
- The signal from leading index is in line with the Reserve Bank of Australia's
expectation that growth will hold at an above-trend level in 2018 and 2019. But
Westpac's expectation is that growth over the remainder of 2018 and into 2019
will hold slightly below trend particularly in the light of an uncertain outlook
for the consumer.
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