Sensis® Business Index
The quarterly Sensis® Business Index has been tracking SME confidence and behaviour since February 1995. It surveys 1,800 metropolitan and regional SMEs from areas such as manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, hospitality, construction, communication, property, business services, health, community services, cultural and recreational industries.
Its primary objectives are to:
- track SME activity over the past quarter
- track expectations over both the current three and 12-month periods, and
- measure overall SME confidence.
Its secondary objective is providing an independent, objective assessment of the experiences and attitudes of SMEs on key issues.
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Sensis® Business Index - February 2008
Business confidence among SMEs rose during the past quarter. However, despite higher levels of confidence, current perceptions of the economy fell dramatically, and perceptions about the future economic direction also plummeted. The prime problem reported by SMEs was difficulty finding and keeping staff, followed by the economic climate and a lack of work or sales.
Sensis® Business Index - November 2007
Business confidence among SMEs fell dramatically during the past quarter. However, despite lower levels of confidence, current perceptions of the economy showed significant improvement, but perceptions about the future economic direction fell. The prime problem reported by SMEs was difficulty finding and keeping staff, followed by a lack of work or sales.
Sensis® Business Index - August 2007
Business confidence among SMEs was stable at strong levels during the past quarter. However, despite unchanged levels of confidence, current perceptions of the economy showed significant softening, with perceptions about the future economic direction also falling.
Sensis® Business Index - May 2007
Confidence amongst the nation's small and medium businesses (SMEs) is at a 15-month high, according to the latest Sensis® Business Index released today. The survey, undertaken quarterly by Sensis to track and understand the views of small businesses, interviewed 1,800 businesses from 24 April to 31 May.
Sensis® Business Index - February 2007
The February Sensis® Business Index revealed small and medium businesses are expecting the Australian economy to grow over the next 12 months, making the outlook for the Australian economy the most buoyant it had been in two years.