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Services lead GDP growth in December quarter
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  17 March 2016

Gross Domestic Product: December 2015 quarter  –  Media Release

GDP increased 0.9 percent in the December 2015 quarter, boosted by the service industries, Statistics New Zealand said today.

“The service industries grew 0.8 percent overall,” national accounts senior manager Gary Dunnet said. “Business services in particular, posted a strong increase, as well as retail trade and accommodation.”

The strong performance of the service industries this quarter was offset by falls in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors.

The growth in the service sector was reflected in increased household spending on services, which was up 1.0 percent. There was higher spending on restaurant and ready-to-eat meals, accommodation, and international air passenger services. The increase in household spending contributed to the 1.1 percent increase in the expenditure measure of GDP.

Business investment decreased 2.6 percent, after a strong increase in the September 2015 quarter. Although construction-related investment increased, this was offset by lower investment in plant, machinery, and equipment; and transport equipment. 

“While we’ve seen 0.9 percent growth in both the December and September quarters, growth for the year ended December 2015 edged down to 2.5 percent,” Mr Dunnet said. “This reflects the slower first half of 2015.”

The size of the economy in current prices was $246 billion for the year ended December 2015.

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For media enquiries contact: Daniel Griffiths, Wellington 04 931 4600, info@stats.govt.nz
Authorised by Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician, 17 March 2016

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