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

 


NZ services sector activity rebounds in March

NZ services sector activity rebounds in March to near a 7-year high

By Suze Metherell

April 14 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand services sector activity, which accounts for about two thirds of the economy, rebounded in March to reach 2007 levels, after a drop off in February.

The BNZ-BusinessNZ performance of services index rose to a seasonally adjusted 58.3 in March, from February’s 53.1 and up from 55.2 a year earlier. A reading above 50 indicates expansion. Last month the PSI snapped nine consecutive months of growth in expansion as new orders had the biggest drop since the survey began in 2007.

“The expansion is not only deepening but widening too with growth being experienced across a number of sectors including construction, agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and retail,” Doug Steel, Bank of New Zealand economist, said in a note. “While the very fast pace of service sector growth in March might partly be a bit of catch up from the moderate pace in February, the overarching point is that trend growth in the service sector is currently strong.”

All five sub-indexes which make up the PSI were in expansion in March, led by new orders/business with a reading of 62.1, followed by activity/sales with a reading of 60.7. Stock/Inventories rose 6.5 points to 55.3. Employment rose 0.8 points to 54.3 and supplier deliveries advanced 5.3 points to a 55.5 reading.

“Buoyant new orders are positive for the future,” Steel said. “This will be on factor giving firms in the service sector confidence and encouraging them to take on more staff.”

The seasonally adjusted BNZ-Business NZ performance of composite index, which combines the PSI with the performance of manufacturing index and represents more than three quarters of the economy, increased 3.4 points from a year earlier to 58.3 on a GDP-weighted index, and 4.2 point to 58.2 on a free-weighted index.

Across New Zealand all regions were above 50, with Northern up 1.7 points to 59.4, Central falling 0.5 points to 59.2. Otago/Southland rose 5.4 points to 59.4 and Canterbury/Westland rebounded to 58.5 from 43.4

(BusinessDesk)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Final Frontier: Rocket Lab And NASA Sign Commercial Space Launch Agreement

Rocket Lab has signed a Commercial Space Launch Act Agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The agreement enables Rocket Lab to use NASA resources - including personnel, facilities and equipment - for launch and reentry efforts. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Wheeler Downplays Scope For ‘Large’ Rates Fall

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler says some market commentators are predicting further declines in interest rates that would only make sense for an economy in recession, although some easing is likely to be needed to maintain New Zealand’s economic growth. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha Dam: Consent Conditions Could Mean Reduced Intensity

Legal advice sought by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council on the Ruataniwha Dam consent conditions has confirmed that farmers who sign up to take water from the dam could be required to reduce the intensity of their farming operation to meet the catchment’s strict nitrogen limit. More>>

Health And Safety: Bill Now Sees Rules Relaxed For Small Businesses

Health and safety law reform sparked by the Pike River coalmine disaster has been reported back from the industrial relations select committee with weakened requirements on small businesses to appoint health and safety representatives and committees. More>>

ALSO:

Bearing Fruit: Annual Fruit Exports Hit $2 Billion For First Time

The value of fruit exported rose 20 percent (up $330 million) for the June 2015 year when compared with the year ended June 2014. Both higher prices and a greater quantity of exports (up 9.0 percent) contributed to the overall rise. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news