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Australia Q4 GDP Disappoints, Aussie Dollar and ASX 200 Slip

Australia Q4 GDP Disappoints, Aussie Dollar and ASX 200 Slip

Australia Q4 GDP Expansion Falls Short of Expectations, Weighing on AUD and ASX 200:

The Australian economy expanded by a modest 0.2% in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2023, falling short of analyst expectations and causing the Australian dollar (AUD) and the ASX 200 index to decline. This news comes amidst ongoing concerns about inflation and slowing global economic growth.

Breakdown of Australia Q4 GDP Numbers

  • Quarter-on-quarter growth: 0.2%, down from 0.3% in Q3.
  • Government spending: Increased by 0.6%, indicating continued government support for the economy.
  • Private business investment: Up 0.7%, suggesting some optimism within the business community.
  • Trade: Contributed positively with a decrease in imports of goods and services, while exports of services increased. However, exports of goods fell slightly.
  • Household spending: Grew by a meager 0.1%, reflecting the impact of inflation and rising interest rates on consumer confidence.
  • Employee compensation: Increased by 1.4%, potentially indicating a tightening labor market.
  • Household saving ratio: Increased to 3.2%, suggesting households are being cautious with their spending.

Market Reactions to Australia Q4 GDP

  • AUD/USD: The Australian dollar initially rose slightly before falling after the release of the GDP report. It was down 0.06% to $0.65002 on Wednesday morning.
  • ASX 200: The Australian stock market index dipped by 0.29% during the morning session, with mining stocks experiencing significant losses due to concerns about demand for iron ore.

Contrasting Performance in Asian Markets

  • Hang Seng Index: Unlike the ASX 200, the Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong managed to avoid a morning sell-off and instead rose by 0.73%. Tech stocks recovered from recent losses, with the Hang Seng Tech Index gaining 1.37%.

Potential Implications for Japan

  • The weaker-than-expected Australian Q4 GDP numbers, combined with positive wage negotiations and inflation data in Japan, could further fuel speculation about the Bank of Japan potentially abandoning its negative interest rate policy in April.


The Australian Q4 GDP figures, while positive, fell short of expectations and highlighted the challenges faced by the Australian economy. This news, along with global economic uncertainties, caused the AUD and ASX 200 to decline. However, the Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong exhibited contrasting positive performance. Meanwhile, developments in Australia and other economies may influence the Bank of Japan’s monetary policy decisions in the coming months.


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