Off the boil: House price falls abate as rate hikes start to rein in the economy
Interest rates have started to peg back the growth of the Australian economy and Queensland consumers were shutting their wallets, according to latest offical data.
The falls in house prices appear to be abating. (ABC News: Eliza Laschon)
Official GDP released on Wednesday fell well below expectations and inflation data also showed a notable drop, but economists remain unconvinced the figures would change the mind of the Reserve Bank or the market expectation of at least two more interest rate increases.
The ANZ said the data suggested the economy was slowing “under the weight of higher prices and interest rates, with consumer spending recording outright falls in two states”.
Queensland (-0.3 per cent) and South Australia (-0.2 per cent) recorded the weakest state final demand, reflecting falling household consumption. However, the figure excludes exports.
Inflationary pressures, while past the peak, remained strong.
ANZ said the figures suggested consumers were starting to feel the pinch of sharply rising prices, as well as the cumulative impact of last year’s cash rate hikes.
“While we have long thought that the build-up of large household bank deposits over the past few years would support spending for some time, these data suggest that consumers are pulling back a little earlier than expected,” the bank’s economists said.