Flat wages cast doubt on budget

Original article by Adam Creighton
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 17-May-18

New figures show that Australian wages rose by just 0.5 per cent in the March quarter, unchanged from the three months to December. Independent economist Saul Eslake says the wage price index data may undermine the Federal Government’s forecast for a Budget surplus in 2019-20, which is dependent on growth in wages and consumer spending. The subdued growth in wages may also affect the outlook for official interest rates, with Sarah Hunger of BIS Oxford Economics suggesting that the cash rate could potentially be on hold until 2020.

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BIS OXFORD ECONOMICS PTY LTD, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE. INSTITUTE OF APPLIED ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

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