Business confidence on the wane

Though optimistic firms still outnumber negative ones, positive sentiment has slipped


BUSINESS optimism has waned across both the services and manufacturing sectors, according to government surveys conducted in September and October. Findings show that although there continue to be more optimistic firms than negative ones, the magnitude of positive sentiment has gone down, compared with the previous six months.

Of the 1,500 services firms polled by the Department of Statistics (DOS) between September and mid-October this year, a weighted 18 per cent of firms expect business...

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