Shift Business Index


May 2022

Shift uses transaction data from a representative sample of business in Australia to gain insights into their financial and operational performance.

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Table of Contents

  • The Business Health Index is calculated by measuring changes in business liquidity to garner insights into the overall level of business health.
  • Baselined to February 2021, the Business Health Index is up 1 point in May, however it remains down 2 points YoY.
  • The Hospitality Industry is facing a continued fall in running balance – down 2 points from April, 12 points down YoY.

Key Measures

Key Measures – Sales

  • After a slow April, where sales fell 7 points, a strong May performance resulted in a 7-point rise, while YoY, sales are up 6 points.
  • Sales growth throughout May was led by the Transport (up 9 points) and Retail Trade (up 7 points) industries.

Key Measures – Business Costs
(Supplier Spend)

Supplier Spend tracks business costs and expenditures on goods and services, material and equipment, utilities, fuel and insurance. Supplier Spend is up 14 points in May, 12 points higher YoY.

In May, the Retail Trade Industry experienced the sharpest rise in Supplier Spend, rising 17 points. In comparison, Transport, Postal and Warehousing rose only 1 point.

Key Measures - Business Costs
(Wage Spend)

Over 2022, there has been a steady increase in the amount that businesses are spending on Wages. 

In May, Wage Spend rose 2 points, up 6 points YoY.

Business expenditure on wages is particularly marked in the Hospitality and Retail Trade Industries, up 5 points and 3 points respectively.  

About the data

Shift Business Index

The Business Index is baselined to February 2021, using six months of average transactions as the denominator.

The Index is calculated by taking a representative sample of businesses from around Australia varied by size, industry and location and looking at their credit transactions across all account types (e.g. transaction, savings and credit card).