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


NZ retail spending rises 0.9% in 2nd-qtr

NZ retail spending rises 0.9% in 2nd-qtr as consumer confidence improves

By Paul McBeth

Aug. 25 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand retail spending grew at a faster pace than forecast in the June quarter as households feel more confident to hit the stores.

The total volume of retail spending grew a seasonally adjusted 0.9% in the three months ended June 30, according to Statistics New Zealand data, beating the 0.6% expansion picked in a Reuters survey of economists. Stripping out motor vehicle related spending, the core figure grew 1%.

The value of retail spending, which accounts for both sales volume growth and price hikes, climbed 1.7% in the quarter to $16.94 billion, and was 4.1% ahead of the same period a year ago. The value of core retailing grew 1.4% to $13.01 billion and is up 3.1% from June 2010.

Earlier this month, the ANZ Roy Morgan consumer confidence survey showed people are the most optimistic they’ve been for seven months, and today’s figures pick up on a growing trend of data showing New Zealand’s economic recovery is gathering pace ahead of expectations.

Of the 15 industries surveyed, 12 reported increased sales, led by a 4.9% increase in the value of spending on motor vehicles and car parts rose to $2.06 billion on a 4.2% increase in volumes. Supermarket and grocery store spending grew 1.6% to $4.25 billion on a lift in volume of 0.2%, and the value of electronic goods purchased climbed 7.2% to $679 million on a 10% gain in volumes.

The value of quarterly spending on fuel rose just 0.1% to $1.86 billion on a 4.1% decline in volume.

Spending on hardware, building and garden supplies fell 1.6% to $1.12 billion, non-store and commission-based retailing fell 4.7% to $210 million, and specialised food spending dropped 4.3% to $311 million.

Though the data set doesn’t drill into a regional level, it indicated spending on hardware, building and garden supplies and fuel grew significantly more in Christchurch.

Wellington reported the fastest growth at a regional level at 1.8%, followed by Canterbury at 1.2%. Auckland was the slowed at 0.2%.

Last week, Reserve Bank data showed total credit card billings grew 1% to a seasonally adjusted $2.47 billion in July compared to the same month a year ago for an annual pace of 7.3% growth.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Statistics: Weekly Earnings Rise As More In Full-time Employment

Median weekly earnings from wages and salaries rose by 8.8 percent to $1,189 in the year to the June 2022 quarter, Stats NZ said today... More>>

Bell Gully: Uncertainty Ahead With New Unconscionable Conduct Legislation

new prohibition against ‘unconscionable conduct’ in trade is one of a number of changes to the Fair Trading Act 1986 that come into force from 16 August 2022. The new prohibition may have wide-ranging implications for many businesses... More>>

Statistics: Food Prices Increase 7.4 Percent Annually
Food prices were 7.4 percent higher in July 2022 compared with July 2021, Stats NZ said today... More>>

Westpac: Economic Overview, August 2022 – Pushing Through

The New Zealand economy faces some lean growth in the year ahead as households’ budgets are squeezed, according to Westpac’s latest Economic Overview... More>>

Kiwi Group Holdings: Fisher Funds Acquires Kiwi Wealth Business

Kiwi Group Holdings Limited (KGHL) today announced the sale of Kiwi Wealth to Fisher Funds for NZ$310 million... More>>

Retail NZ: Welcomes Return Of Cruise Ships

“Cruise visitors were big spenders in retail prior to COVID-19, and retailers in Auckland will be celebrating the arrival of P&O’s Pacific Explorer this morning... More>>