New report points to consolidation of WA economy

The Western Australian economy is set to consolidate according to the latest CCI WA Outlook report. 'CCI’s latest Outlook publication predicts that economic growth in WA will ease to 5.75 per cent in 2013-14 and 4.75 per cent in 2014-15 following two years of growth in excess of six per cent.' 'The slowing of economic growth will largely be driven by easing business investment as the resources investment boom comes down from its peak. While Western Australia still has a strong investment pipeline as many of the current projects move into the final stages of construction, investment levels will return to more ‘normal’ levels than we have seen in recent years.' The report indicated that the slowdown in investment will mean the State’s economic growth profile will change. Growth is expected to be more broad-based with all sectors of the economy expected to make a positive contribution over the next two financial years. After years of investment in additional capacity, the resource sector will be well-placed to ramp up production, which will see exports grow by nine per cent in 2013-14 and a further eight per cent in 2014-15.

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