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Australia's Consumer Sentiment Weakens In June: Westpac

Australia's consumer confidence deteriorated in June as deepening concerns about the economy outweighed the initial boost from lower interest rates, survey data from Westpac showed Wednesday.

The Westpac-Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment fell to 100.7 in June from 101.3 in May.

The sub-index tracking the economy over the next twelve months dropped the most, by 4.7 percent. Meanwhile, the indicator for 'finances, next 12 months' rose 3.1 percent in June.

The unemployment expectations index registered a 5.1 percent increase, reversing the decline in the previous month. At the same time, the 'time to buy a dwelling' index posted a 1.8 percent rise to 116.9.

The central bank's June rate cut after a weak first quarter GDP data was disappointing, Matthew Hassan, senior economist at Westpac, said.

The economist expects a further 25 basis point cut to be delivered in August, the timing allowing the Bank to make a fuller assessment of the impact of its initial move and to provide a complete set of updated forecasts with its August Statement on Monetary Policy.

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