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Led by Chief Economist Mark Thirlwell, the Economics at Austrade team are responsible for analysing the major trends and events in the Australian and international economies that help shape Austrade’s operating environment.

Latin American consumers support growing business engagement

23 Oct 2018 AIBS 2018 Divya Skene

This year’s AIBS survey focussed on a part of the world that is increasingly attractive to our services export earners, Latin America.

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The role of trading technology in Australia’s international business activity

16 Oct 2018 AIBS 2018 Divya Skene

AIBS respondents are experienced exporters, but we have found in two separate surveys that around half of our respondents do not engage in e-commerce.

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Australia’s internationally active businesses well positioned for an integrated ASEAN

8 Oct 2018 AIBS 2018 Divya Skene

One of the main themes picked up by the AIBS platform is the importance of ASEAN to Australia’s internationally-active businesses.

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SME international experience shaped by United States and China

5 Oct 2018 AIBS 2018 Divya Skene

In recent years, a debate around international trade and investment has focused on which of our largest economic partners is the most important to Australia. Two countries put forward regularly in th ...

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Australia’s International Business Survey 2018: A profile of respondent businesses

4 Oct 2018 AIBS 2018 Matthew Durban

AIBS 2018 is one of the largest and most detailed surveys of Australia’s internationally-active businesses. This latest survey captures the responses of 713 Australian companies (629 internationally a ...

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An introduction to Australia’s International Business Survey 2018

4 Oct 2018 AIBS 2018 Matthew Durban

Today sees the release of the latest report in the Australia’s International Business Survey (AIBS) series. Supported by Austrade, the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic) and the Export Co ...

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A vote of confidence: Australia retains AAA rating

25 Sep 2018 Australian Economy Edmund Tang

In September 2018, Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings revised its outlook on the long-term ratings for Australia from negative to stable and reaffirmed its AAA sovereign credit rating.

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2017-18 GDP growth rate of 2.9% confirms the resilience of our economy

12 Sep 2018 Edmund Tang

Following a 2.1% increase in 2016-17, Australia’s real GDP grew by 2.9% in 2017-18, according to the latest national accounts figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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Tourism Success: Inbound Tourist Number exceeded 9 million in 2017-18 and Expenditure exceeded A$42 billion

28 Aug 2018 Visitor EconomyTourists Edmund Tang

There were 9.1 million short-term (that is, involving stays of less than one year) international visitor arrivals to Australia for the year ending June 2018.

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Economic activity of foreign-owned businesses in Australia 2014-15

21 Aug 2018 Edmund Tang

The estimated number of foreign-owned businesses in Australia (with foreign ownership greater than 50 per cent of total equity) was 9,946 at the end of the financial year 2014-15 , according to the Au ...

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