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Wholesale sales lift in June quarter

Wholesale sales lift in June quarter – Media release

5 September 2014

Wholesale trade sales rose in the June 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today.

Seasonally adjusted total sales increased 1.8 percent in the latest quarter, after a 0.2 percent fall in the March 2014 quarter.

"All six wholesaling industries increased in this quarter," business indicators manager Neil Kelly said. "This last occurred in the December 2013 quarter."

The two industries with the largest sales increases in the June 2014 quarter were:
• grocery, liquor, tobacco product wholesaling, up 2.6 percent ($171 million)
• machinery and equipment wholesaling, up 3.2 percent ($140 million).

The grocery, liquor, tobacco product wholesaling industry includes wholesale and export merchants that trade in food and grocery items such as meat, dairy, seafood, fruit, vegetables, liquor, and tobacco products.

The machinery and equipment wholesaling industry includes businesses that trade in consumer electronics, telecommunication equipment, professional and scientific equipment, and agricultural machinery.

The trend for total wholesale trade sales has generally been rising since the September 2009 quarter.

In unadjusted terms, the value of total wholesale trade sales was $21.9 billion, up 5.9 percent on the June 2013 quarter.

Ends

For more information about these statistics:

• Visit Wholesale Trade Survey: June 2014 quarter
• Open the attached files
WholesaleTradeSurveyJun14qtr.pdf
wtsjun14qtrtables.xls

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