Last month, a crucial trade indicator fell to its lowest level since a credit reporting agency started compiling the data eight years ago.
Trade receivables between businesses, which measure the average amount of invoices, fell by 39% in January due to seasonality.
According to CreditorWatch, which gathers the data for its Corporate Risk Index, a new indicator of business insolvency risk, the indicator has been going down since July.
According to CreditorWatch, business-to-business trade payment defaults decreased 8% from December to January but are still up 39% on a yearly basis.
Business owners should undoubtedly be concerned about the rising trend in trade payment failures, according to CreditorWatch CEO Patrick Coghlan.
In addition to other difficulties including labor shortages and supply chain interruptions, the RBA’s tightening of monetary policy is starting to bite.
The decline in trade receivables and the increase in trade defaults, according to CreditorWatch Chief Economist Anneke Thompson, indicated that Australia had passed the pinnacle of its economic conditions.
According to the most recent NAB Business Conditions survey, both business conditions and confidence are declining, she stated.
However, she noted that many businesses were running at or near capacity the previous year.
According to the CreditWatch poll, there is a 7.26 percent chance that enterprises in the food and beverage services sector will go out of business in the coming year.
According to CreditorWatch, the hospitality sector faces a number of difficulties, including a labor shortage, rising costs, and declining consumer demand.
The next largest industry was transportation, postal services, and warehousing with 4.64 percent, followed by arts and recreation services with 4.63 percent.
According to Mr. Coghlan, inflation should soon reach its high, boosting consumer and corporate confidence.
The Australian economy is still in a far better condition than others, he emphasized, so it’s vital to keep that in mind.