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 - May 2004
Business confidence among SMEs remained at historically high levels during the May 2004 quarter, despite some evidence of softening. There was a decline in most business performance indicators over the past quarter. Despite the softening, many indicators, including sales, remained at a high base.
Sensis® Business Index - February 2004
Business confidence among SMEs was stable during the January 2004 quarter and remains at the highest level since August 1994. While perceptions of the current state of the economy are at historically high levels, there was some weakening in the current quarter.
Sensis® Business Index - November 2003
The November 2003 Sensis® Business Index recorded a continued rise in business confidence, taking it to the highest level since August 1994. Perceptions of the current state of the economy also improved to reach the highest level since the Index commenced in 1993.
Sensis® Business Index - August 2003
Business confidence among Australia's small and medium enterprises (SMEs) jumped substantially last quarter, taking it to a level not seen since August 1994.
Yellow Pages® Business - Index May 2003
The May 2003 Yellow Pages® Business Index recorded a slight drop in business confidence from an historically high base. While confidence remained quite strong, both current perceptions and future expectations of the Australian economy strengthened further during the quarter.