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SMEs in holding pattern amid interest rate speculation

Updates to this research are published monthly. View previous wave The latest findings from the Fifth Quadrant SME Sentiment Tracker reveal a slight weakening in year-on-year revenue, with 34% of SMEs…

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business insolvencies surge in FY24

Difficult economic conditions in FY24 have triggered a record increase in the number business failures. In February, the number of monthly insolvencies reached its highest level in almost a decade….

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SME optimism cools as revenue & profitability soften

Updates to this research are published monthly. View previous wave. The latest wave of the Fifth Quadrant SME Sentiment Tracker reveals more measured sentiment in March, with revenue declining and expectations regarding lower…

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cashless confidence: SMEs embrace change with caution

In this third post in the series, we continue our exploration of Australia’s transition towards a cashless society. Following on from our previous posts looking at the overall shift to…

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the journey to 3 million

Australia’s business sector has shown consistent growth over the years, reaching a total of 2,611,688 businesses by the end of 2023. Accordingly, we decided to take a look back over…

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growth expectations surge amid strengthening economic sentiment

Updates to this research are published monthly. View previous wave. The latest wave of the Fifth Quadrant SME Sentiment Tracker reveals optimism towards both domestic and international economic conditions has significantly risen. short-term…

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SME outlook 2024: Australian business conditions spark cautious optimism amidst challenges

Following three years of pandemic-induced disruptions and volatility, Australian businesses experienced improved stability in 2023. However, as decision-makers look ahead to the new year, they express genuine concerns about uncertainty…

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more Australians taking on multiple jobs to combat cost-of-living

Cost-of-living pressures impacted Australian households dramatically throughout 2023. The effects of a rising cost-of-living are well-documented and far-reaching, extending from economic hardship and loan stress, to declining social cohesion and…

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lower inflation driving SME confidence

Updates to this research are published monthly. View previous wave. The latest wave of the Fifth Quadrant SME Sentiment Tracker reveals a slowdown in the annual inflation rate to 4.1% which is alleviating…

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SMEs eye brighter 2024

Updates to this research are published monthly. View previous wave. The latest wave of the Fifth Quadrant SME Sentiment Tracker shows business sentiment is stable, despite challenging market conditions. The Fifth Quadrant Business…

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