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  • Australia’s retail sales rebounded in May but missed estimates.  
  • Risk-on is likely helping the AUD stay bid.

The Australian dollar is showing resilience to weaker-than-expected Australian macro data release.  

As of writing, the AUD/USD pair is trading at 0.7037, representing a 0.12% rise on a 24-hour basis.  

The data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics at 01:30 GMT showed the consumer spending, as represented by retail sales, rose 0.1% month-on-month in May, missing the expected rise of 0.2% by a narrow margin. Retail sales had dropped by 0.1% in April.  

Despite the weaker-than-expected rebound in Australia’s retail sales the AUD is looking to extend gains – the pair ha added five pips following the retail sales release.  

The bid tone around the AUD could be associated with the risk-on rally in the US stocks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged to record highs on Wednesday.  

Further, the news that Australia’s government is close to securing sweeping tax cut plan may be adding to the bullish sentiment around the AUD.  

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