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Business Activity 1999

Released today, Business Activity Statistics 1999 is the eighth in a series of Statistics New Zealand annual reports on New Zealand business activities. The publication brings together a range of structural and financial information on the business sector.

Business activities are a significant contributor to the economy and continue to make up the bulk of the New Zealand Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In the year ended March 1999 total business activity contributed 78.8 percent of total GDP.

The report also contains a series of detailed articles. Of particular interest is the Business Demography article which highlights both a move towards more part-time employment and changing employment patterns. The total number of full-time employees decreased 1.9 per cent between 1998 and 1999 to an estimated 892,680 whereas the number of part-time employees increased 4.0 percent between 1998 and 1999.

This is reflected, for example, by changes in the hospitality industry. The number of part-time employees working in cafes and restaurants increased by 8,820 between 1994 and 1999, and full-time employees increased 4,040 over the same period. In contrast, the number of both part-time and full-time employees in pubs, taverns and bars decreased slightly between 1994 and 1999. This decrease may partly reflect changing alcohol consumption patterns or the increased publicity surrounding drink driving.

Also included is discussion on the legislative and structural changes that have occurred in the New Zealand electricity industry, providing a summary of key changes along with a snapshot of the current industry structure.

Business Activity Statistics 1999 is priced at $35.00. It can be ordered via www.stats.govt.nz and is available from selected booksellers nationally.

Dianne Macaskill
Acting Government Statistician

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