Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 - Roy Morgan Research
Customer Satisfaction among business customers of the banks fell in April for the second month in a row to 65.1%, down from 65.6% in March 2012.  Suncorp now leads the major banks at 67.8% satisfaction, marginally ahead of St George (67.5%). These are the latest findings from the Roy Morgan Business Banking Satisfaction Report.
 
Westpac is the clear leader of the big four at 66.8% satisfaction, ahead of NAB (64.9%), ANZ (63.9%) and Commonwealth Bank (61.7%).

Despite the drop in the latest month, the satisfaction level of bank business customers is still 3.6% points higher than at this time last year (61.5%), with all of the major banks exhibiting an increase over this period.  NAB showed the largest improvement over the last 12 months at 6.3% points closely followed by Westpac at 6.2% points, whilst the leading major bank Suncorp has improved just 0.1% points compared to April 2011.


Business Banking Satisfaction


Source: Roy Morgan Research Business Survey, June 2010 — April 2012, average 6 monthly sample n = 6,754. ** 7 months to April 2011.


The Roy Morgan Business Survey also measures the opinions businesses hold about their bank.  One area that the banks are generally rated poorly on is following developments in their customers’ business and understanding their industry.  This could be a contributing factor to overall bank satisfaction varying greatly by industry, with 10.6% points separating the satisfaction of businesses in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry from those in Wholesale Trade.
 

Business Bank Satisfaction by Industry


Source: Roy Morgan Research Business Survey, 6 months to April 2012,  n = 6,748. Industries defined according to 2006 Australian and New Zealand Standard Industry Classification (ANZSIC).


Norman Morris, Industry Communications Director, Roy Morgan Research says:
 
“The decline in satisfaction among the banks’ business customers in April 2012 has further increased the gap between consumer and business satisfaction, which now sits at 13.6% points in April 2012. The banks are clearly not delivering on the expectations of business customers who are facing difficult trading conditions and economic uncertainty.

“Although there was a small increase in Business Confidence for April 2012 reported by Roy Morgan, it is still at historically low levels and varies considerably by industry. With the many recent job losses in the manufacturing and retail sectors, this is clearly a difficult period for businesses operating in these industries and their comparatively low satisfaction highlights the importance of the banks maintaining close relationships with businesses in this economic environment. Banks that are not able to follow changes in their clients’ business and industry leave them dissatisfied and risk losing them to competitors.

“As many Australian industries struggle to cope with the slow economy, it will be interesting to see what effect the strong earnings the major banks announced recently will have upon the satisfaction ratings of their business customers in coming months.”

 
The Roy Morgan Business Satisfaction – Business Banking in Australia Report is available.

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