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Andrew Hanlan, Research Analyst at Westpac, notes that Australian Business Indicators survey’s March update was positive, providing upside surprises on profits and inventories.  

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“This suggests that the risks to our Q1 GDP forecast of 0.9%qtr, 2.8%yr are tilted to the upside. On Tuesday, we receive updates on net exports and public demand ahead of the National Accounts on Wednesday.”

“Company profits were always likely to be relative upbeat early in 2018, with the mining sector receiving a boost from higher commodity prices and increased turnover.”

“Indeed, profits exceeded these already positive expectations, climbing 5.9% in the quarter vs market median and Westpac forecast of 3.0%.”

“Mining profits jumped 10.9% to be 4.4% above the level of a year ago.”

“The main surprise was non-mining profits, up 3.4%, with strength in the period evident in construction, manufacturing, retail, as well as a partial rebound in professional business services.”

“By industry, an inventory draw-down was evident in the mining sector to facilitate increased export shipments, but more than offsetting this was a sizeable increase in the wholesale sector.”