Australian business confidence falls for second quarter in a row driven by negative sales, employment and profitability results

Australian small and medium business (SMB) confidence has fallen five points to +39 on a net basis, driven by negative sales, employment and profitability results, according to the latest Sensis Business Index (SBI) survey. 

The net balance of +39 is calculated by comparing the number of confident SMBs (57%) to the number who are worried (18%).

Sensis Executive General Manager, James Ciuffetelli said: “After confidence hit the highest level in more than six years in December, we’ve seen confidence drop. We saw declines in all of the key indicators this quarter, with business owners particularly feeling the pinch on sales and employment.”

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Top tips for Australian SMBs

According to the 2017 Sensis Social Media Report, 79% of Aussies are on social media compared with 47% of small and medium businesses.

Hear more findings from the report and our top tips for Aussie business owners.

Sensis Social Media Report 2017

Almost eight in 10 people (79%) are now using social media, with 18-29 year olds displaying a range of obsessive tendencies that raise questions around the long-term psychological impact of the growth of social media, as revealed in the latest Sensis Social Media Report.

The 2017 study, surveying 800 Australian consumers and 1,100 businesses, found that while Facebook remains dominant (95% usage), the other visual platforms continue to grow in popularity, with Instagram on the rise (up from 31% to 46%) and Snapchat usage almost doubling this year (up from 22% to 40%).

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Yellow Pages’ and White Pages’ partnership with the Country Women’s Association

Cooking, restaurants, recipes, reviews and social media posts – you name it, Australia continues to have an obsession with food. It’s one of our favourite things to talk about and share.

This year, the Yellow Pages and White Pages have partnered with the Country Women’s Association (CWA), to not only find our nation’s best bakers but also celebrate the phenomenal achievements of the CWA and the work it does for women and children in regional Australia.

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