Largest annual trade deficit in almost eight years

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

The annual trade deficit for the year ended February 2017 was $3.8 billion, the largest since April 2009, Stats NZ said today. Read more »

Govt failing business on R&D

Press Release – Green Party

22 March 2017 Govtfailing business on R&D The National Governments research and development (R&D) strategy has failed, with a lower proportion of businessesnowengagingin R&Dthan whenthey took office, the Green Party … Read more »

Construction firms have high proportion of hard-to-fill jobs

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Almost 80 percent of businesses in the construction industry reported vacancies in 2016, with 58 percent of these reporting that they had hard-to-fill vacancies, Stats NZ said today. This means that of the approximately 4,600 construction businesses … Read more »

Record net annual migration levels continue

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

In the February 2017 year, 71,300 more migrants arrived in New Zealand than left, Stats NZ said today. This equalled the previous annual record set in January 2017. Migrant arrivals numbered 128,800 in the February 2017 year, a new annual record, … Read more »

NZ consumer confidence dips in March quarter

Article – BusinessDesk

March 20 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand consumer confidence dipped in the March quarter as people grew wary about the short-term economic outlook, but extended the nation’s run of optimism to six years. Read more »

Subdued growth in guest nights as Kiwis head overseas

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

National guest nights this January had a modest increase of 1.1 percent on January 2016, Stats NZ said today. International guest nights hit a record 2 million, up 6.9 percent on January 2016. This rise offset the drop in domestic guest nights, … Read more »

Economic growth eases in December quarter

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.4 percent in the December 2016 quarter, following an increase of 0.8 percent (revised) in the September 2016 quarter, Stats NZ said today. Read more »

Higher earnings from overseas

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

New Zealand earned more income from our overseas investments in the December 2016 quarter, Stats NZ said today. This resulted in the lowest current account deficit since March 2014. The seasonally adjusted current account deficit decreased to $1.6 … Read more »

Most kids have no screen-time limits

Press Release – CensusAtSchool

Eight in 10 teens and six in 10 primary school children say there are no limits on their screen time out of school whether thats playing computer games, using their phones, or browsing the internet. The insights have emerged from the second … Read more »

Disabled people in rentals most likely to be cold at home

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Thirty-eight percent of those disabled people in rented homes said they have difficulty heating, Stats NZ said today. Read more »

Comparing Fixed Wireless with ADSL, VDSL, Cable & Fibre

Press Release – TrueNet

ISPs offer different urban connection options to subscribers – ADSL, VDSL, Cable, Fibre, and now Fixed Wireless. Understanding the differences between these options will help you choose the plan that best supports your Internet use. TrueNet have … Read more »

On-line qualitative research misunderstood and under-used

Press Release – Research Association

The benefits of on-line qualitative research are misunderstood and under-used by market researchers and their clients compared with traditional face-to-face focus groups say two leading qualitative researchers. Read more »

Largest annual food price rise in five years

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Food prices increased 2.2 percent in the year to February 2017, led by higher prices for fruit and vegetables, and dairy products, Stats NZ said today. Read more »

Visitor Trends Work for Whanganui

Press Release – Whanganui and Partners

Results for December 2016 show visitor arrivals increasing by almost 13,000 people compared to last year. Occupancy rates are up as is the length of stay. January 2017 shows growth of 12% for visitor spend in the district over the last 12 months and … Read more »

Retail card spending quiet in February

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Retail spending using electronic cards was $4.8 billion in February 2017, up $121 million (2.6 percent) from February 2016, Statistics New Zealand said today. February 2016 had an extra day of trading, as 2016 was a leap year. Read more »

Manawatu hospitality and retailers receive a boost

Press Release – The Central Economic Development Agency

The quarterly MarketView statistics for the year ending January show spending is up in Palmerston North and Manawat, Broadway continues to improve, Terrace End receives a big boost, and just under $60million was splurged in the fortnight before … Read more »

Meat and dairy volumes fall, but values are up

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

The volume of meat and dairy product manufacturing fell in the December 2016 quarter, although sales values rose due to higher prices, Statistics New Zealand said today. Read more »

NZ gender pay gap unchanged in more than a decade

Article – BusinessDesk

March 7 (BusinessDesk) – The gap between what men and women are paid on average has barely shifted in the 14 years since the first major attempt to measure the difference was published in 2003, a new report from the Ministry for Women has found. Read more »

Fruit exports help lift wholesale trade

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Rising fruit exports in the December 2016 quarter saw wholesale trade sales rise for the third quarter in a row, Statistics New Zealand said today. Read more »

Monthly Economic Indicators for February 2017

Press Release – New Zealand Treasury

The Monthly Economic Indicators for February 2017 have now been published on the Treasury website: http://www.treasury.govt.nz/economy/mei/feb17 Read more »

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