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Exports of ICT Top $1 Billion

27 July 2006

Exports of ICT Top $1 Billion

Export sales of goods and services from the New Zealand information and communication technologies (ICT) industry were valued at $1.1 billion for the 2005 financial year, Statistics New Zealand said today. However, the majority of sales of ICT goods and services ($14.3 billion) were to New Zealand's domestic market.

Electronic devices and equipment was the commodity with the highest export value ($357 million). This was just under a third of the total ICT export value, a much greater proportion than the 4 percent it contributed to total ICT sales. Telecommunication and program distribution services was the dominant ICT sales commodity, accounting for just over a third ($5.2 billion) of the total $15.4 billion ICT sales value.

Of businesses reporting ICT sales for the 2005 financial year, 86 percent were classified by the survey as small-sized businesses, 8 percent were medium and 6 percent large. The large-sized businesses accounted for $11.4 billion, or just under three-quarters, of the total ICT sales.

The ICT industry is estimated to comprise almost 2,000 businesses with two or more employees. For the 2005 financial year, 35 percent of respondents reported that the strength of competition was the greatest barrier to their business growth. The ability to attract and/or retain qualified staff, and the ability to attract and/or retain experienced staff, were each barriers for just over 25 percent of the respondents.

The new ICT Supply Survey is based on recently developed OECD definitions of ICT commodities and participating industries.

Brian Pink

Government Statistician

ENDS

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