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LISTEN: Evans on GDP, economic outlook

12:19pm June 05 2020

The economy contracted by 0.3 per cent in the March quarter. (Emma Foster)

The Australian economy is facing a shock the scale of which we have not seen for many decades.  

Just this week, the national accounts revealed the economy contracted by 0.3 per cent in the March quarter, confirming the nation suffered its first negative quarter in nine years and slowing annual growth to 1.4 per cent from 2.2 per cent.

Economists expect a more severe contraction to follow in the current June quarter due to restrictions to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, putting enormous pressure on many of our business customers.

Given the magnitude of the challenges and issues the nation faces, I was delighted to on Wednesday, June 3, host an economic briefing for our customers and bankers with Westpac’s chief economist, Bill Evans, one of the most experienced economists and forecasters in the market. 

Bill provides an insightful update on the economy, touches on the GDP outcome, details his forecasts and answers several questions from listeners. 

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Guilherme (Guil) joined Westpac as Chief Executive, Business in December 2019. He has 22 years' experience in banking and consulting in Hong Kong, Brazil, UK, US, Spain and the Netherlands. Previously, Guil was Group Head of Wealth Management at HSBC Hong Kong, after 10 years at McKinsey & Co. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in General Management and Finance and a Master of Business Administration in Strategy, Corporate Finance and Investment Management.

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