Weekly Digest – 13 December 2023

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Australia’s GDP is going backwards

We have now had three consecutive quarters of falling GDP on a per capita basis. That last happened 40 years ago during the 1982-83 recession. That is not good. And it doesn’t get any better when you break down what drove what little growth there was.

Loan repayments will overtake NDIS to become fastest-growing spending pressure on federal budget

A mid-year budget update will show the Commonwealth is also wearing the pain of higher interest rates, with new figures revealing interest payments will overtake the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to become the fastest-growing spending pressure on the budget.

Speedy shipping a core driver of online sales

Same-day or next-day shipping has become one of the biggest drivers of online sales according to new research.

Australian businesses to pull back on borrowing and investing in 2024

Businesses in Australia are planning to pull back on their loans and investments in the upcoming year, according to a survey commissioned by Small Business Loans Australia, a business loan comparison site.

Australian housing trends in 2024: Prices forecast to rise, slower growth

Australian housing prices are predicted to increase in the next year, though at a slower pace than in 2023, driven by tax cuts, robust population growth, and sluggish housing supply.

Roy Morgan business confidence dropped 4.6pts in November

In November 2023 Roy Morgan Business Confidence was 85.8 (down 4.6pts since October). The fall in Business Confidence came after the RBA increased interest rates by 0.25% on Melbourne Cup Day to 4.35% – the highest official interest rates have been since December 2011.

How AI and immersive tech will impact e-commerce in 2024

Today’s consumers want to know exactly what they’re getting before they make a purchase. But this often isn’t possible when they shop online, where many e-commerce websites still display static and incomplete product images that don’t tell the full story. That said, there are a few immersive technologies—CGI and 3D imaging, augmented reality, AI and automation—that can help e-commerce companies to convey their merchandise’s full look and feel.

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