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

 


Building inflation pressure could start to be a concern

HSBC Research_The RBNZ Observer: On hold, although inflation risks are rising

- While inflation was low in Q2, pockets of inflation pressure are starting to emerge and could start to concern the RBNZ

- At the same time, activity is strengthening, with indicators pointing to strong growth in H2 2013

- We expect the RBNZ to hold steady this week, but see the next move as a hike and expect it to come around year-end

Building inflation pressure could start to be a concern

While inflation was low in Q2 (+0.7% y-o-y), there are growing signs that it is picking up pace. This month brought the Q3 inflation expectations indicator, which jumped to 2.4% from 2.1%. While we expect the RBNZ to hold steady at this week’s meeting, we expect it to flag some growing concerns about the inflation outlook in its quarterly official statement.

In addition, the -6.4% fall in the NZD since April is also likely to see some upward pressure on the inflation outlook. Plus, construction cost inflation, on a quarterly basis, had already reached rates seen during the 2000s housing boom, in Q2 CPI numbers.

At the same time, timely indicators of business conditions suggest the local economy is going from strength to strength and is likely to hit capacity constraints fairly soon. The Canterbury rebuild will continue to boost the economy for a number of years. In addition, the housing market remains strong. We expect the recent rise in fixed mortgage rates and the imposition of LVR restrictions to be offset by the recent lift in inward migration.

Housing strength is also spilling over into the wider economy, with retail sales rising +4.3% y-o-y in Q2. The RBNZ flagged the potential for spill-over from the housing boom to other sectors as a key risk in its last policy statement, and this strength in consumer spending is expected to continue as interest rates remain low and the housing market remains solid.

The external sector story also looks positive. The drought was a drag on growth in Q2, but commodity prices have increased strongly in recent months. New Zealand’s terms of trade are close to the highs reached in 2011. Coupled with a lower exchange rate, this will likely provide a boost to rural incomes and confidence through H2 2013.

While low Q2 inflation should keep rates on hold this week, we expect the RBNZ may need to contemplate lifting rates soon, perhaps as early as year-end.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Housing Policy: Auckland Densification As Popular As Ebola, English Says

Finance Minister Bill English said calls by the Reserve Bank Governor for more densification in Auckland’s housing were “about as popular in parts of Auckland as Ebola” would be. More>>

ALSO:

Crown Accounts: NZ Government Deficit Smaller Than Expected In First Half

The New Zealand government's operating deficit was smaller than expected in the first six months of the financial year, as the consumption and corporate tax take rose ahead of forecast in December, having lagged estimates in previous months. More>>

ALSO:

Fruit & Veg Crackdown: Auckland Fruit Fly Find Under Investigation

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is investigating a find of a single male Queensland fruit fly in a surveillance trap in the Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn... MPI has placed legal controls on the movement of fruit and some vegetables outside of a defined circular area which extends 1.5km from where the fly was trapped in Grey Lynn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Westpac NZ Reaches $2.97M Swaps Settlement

Westpac Banking Corp’s New Zealand unit has agreed to pay $2.97 million in a settlement with the Commerce Commission over the way the bank sold interest rate swaps to farmers between 2005 and 2012. More>>

ALSO:

Going Dutch: Fonterra Kicks Off $144M Partnership With Dutch Cheese Maker

Fonterra Co-operative Group, the world’s largest dairy exporter, has commissioned a new dairy ingredients plant in Heerenveen, in the north of the Netherlands, its first wholly-owned and operated ingredients plant in Europe. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Retail Sales Beat Estimates

New Zealand retail sales rose more than expected in the fourth quarter, led by vehicle-related transactions, food and beverages, adding to evidence that cheap credit and a growing jobs market are encouraging consumers to spend. More>>

ALSO:

Delivery Cuts Go Ahead: 'Government Money Grab' From NZ Post

"It's a money grab by the Government as the shareholder of New Zealand Post" says Postal Workers Union advocate Graeme Clarke about the changes announced by NZ Post. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news