Stats & Facts with Tim Woods

Small Business Tax Breaks: Budget Measures on which we can all agree (apparently) No matter what the outcome of the May 18th Federal Election, there are a few things that are certain. The world will continue to turn, for instance, and for small and medium businesses,...

Stats & Facts – Wages and Debt Can Drag Us Down

In an essentially consumption driven economy, economic growth measures like Gross Domestic Product (GDP) record the rate of growth in consumption, among other factors. Soft consumption data  – we have seen that reported through pretty lousy retail sales – is...

Stats & Facts – Is Steel Growing Its Share?

Is Steel Growing Its Share? New Report for FWPA A constant question in the forestry and wood products industries is to what extent steel house framing is growing its share of the Australian housing market. A new report, produced for FWPA, by Australian Construction...

Stats & Facts with Tim Woods

House Prices are Falling – And the Size of Loans Prove It   The total number of housing loans fell in September – but for the usually stable owner-occupier loans, the falls were quite steep. Over the year-ended September 2018, the total number of loans to...

Stats & Facts – Sawn Softwood Imports

Sawn Softwood Imports Continue To Grow As Average Price Rises Imports of sawn softwood rose to a new peak over the year-ended June 2018, totalling 747,645 m3, up a massive 32.7% on the prior year, despite strong rises in average import prices. In June itself, imports...

Stats & Facts – Domestic Softwood

Strong result for domestic softwood but import rise all the more impressive Little more than six months on from the closure of the Morwell sawmill, domestic sales of sawn softwood are higher, and have recovered some ground, at least on an annualized basis. For the...