Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


NZ retail sales unexpected fall in 3Q; kiwi dollar drops

NZ retail sales unexpected fall in third quarter; kiwi dollar drops

Nov. 14 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand retail sales volumes unexpectedly fell in the third quarter, led by supermarkets and motor vehicles, sending the kiwi dollar lower on speculation the economy is weak enough to warrant a rate cut from the Reserve Bank next month.

The volume of retail sales fell 0.4 percent, seasonally adjusted, in the three months ended Sept. 30, for a 2.1 percent gain from a year earlier, according to Statistics New Zealand. A quarterly gain of 0.5 percent was forecast in a Reuters survey, for an annual increase of 2.9 percent.

The third quarter retail sales data comes after figures showed the jobless rate unexpectedly jumped to 7.3 percent, suggesting the economy’s pace is stumbling. Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler has said he has room to cut interest rates if needed and his next review is on Dec. 6. Markets were pricing in a 24 percent chance of a cut to the official cash rate next month.

The kiwi dollar dropped to 81.54 US cents after the numbers, from 81.91 cents immediately before the report was released.

Nine of the 15 retail industries had lower sales volumes in the latest quarter. Excluding auto-related categories, retail sales volumes were down 0.3 percent. The value of sales fell 0.8 percent.

Supermarket and grocery store sales fell 1.5 percent, accommodation was down 3.2 percent and motor vehicles and auto parts fell 0.9 percent.

Hardware, building and garden supplies recorded the biggest gain, up 4.2 percent, which the government statistician said reflected increased sales in Canterbury.

The value of sales in the North Island fell 0.4 percent in the latest quarter while South Island sales rose 0.7 percent.

(BusinessDesk)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>

ALSO:

Half A Billion Accounts: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>

Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>

ALSO:

Half Full: Fonterra Raises Forecast Payout As Global Supply Shrinks

Fonterra Cooperative Group, the dairy processor which will announce annual earnings tomorrow, hiked its forecast payout to farmers by 50 cents per kilogram of milk solids as global supply continues to decline, helping prop up dairy prices. More>>

ALSO:

Results:

Meat Trade: Silver Fern Farms Gets Green Light For Shanghai Maling Deal

The government has given the green light for China's Shanghai Maling Aquarius to acquire half of Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand's biggest meat company, with ministers satisfied it will deliver "substantial and identifiable benefit". More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news