Export Finance Australia’s Exporter Sentiment Index February 2018


Export Finance Australia’s Exporter Sentiment Index is a bi-annual study, tracking key sentiment indicators among Australian SME Exporters.

This study provides insights into expectations around financial markets, current and future business conditions, overseas sales growth forecasts, and expectations around access to credit.

About the Sentiment Study

The Export Finance Australia Australian Exporter Sentiment Study is conducted among Australian SME exporters to provide a snapshot of business opinions regarding the current and expected future outlook (next 12 months) for their business and the broader economic conditions that impact their business

Key measures of current and future financial situation, future economic conditions, future overseas sales revenue and profitability, employee growth and access to finance for international business are combined to provide an overall Sentiment Index as a measure of business confidence.

The Sentiment Index is expressed as 100.0 plus the unweighted average of the difference (net balance) between the percentage of respondents who give favourable answers and those who give unfavourable answers to six key business sentiment questions.

Overall sentiment has remained strong

In the February 2018 Index, overall business sentiment remains strong across all sentiment measures, particularly around expected sales revenue over the next 12 months and profitability of international business.
The overall Sentiment Index is a very positive 148, up from 138 reported in February 2017 and 145 reported in July 2017.

See past Exporter Sentiment Index results.

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