Late Payment times rose during the fourth quarter of 2016, marking a fitting end to a year which saw late payment times track a jagged path following two years of sustained falls.
Managing the working capital in a business can free up cash and open up opportunities.
Average business time to pay a bill in Australia is at an historic low - now 44.8 days, but New Zealand businesses pay more quickly with an average of 34.9 days.
Many businesses have surplus cash sloshing around in their accounts and don’t even know it. Identifying this money and making it work is an easy way to improve the bottom line.
The recent trend of increasingly faster payment times stalled during Q2. The result for the three months to June 2016 pushed the national average slightly higher at 44.9 days, still well below the corresponding 2015 result of 49.2 days.
Australian businesses settled their invoices at a record pace for the fourth consecutive quarter with an average rate of 43.7 days for the first three months of 2016.
Westpac Markets Update: Martina Song
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