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Retail Trade Survey: March 2014 quarter
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  14 May 2014
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The Retail Trade Survey: June 2014 quarter will be released on 14 August 2014.

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The latest movements in related series were as follows:

The Consumers Price Index: March 2014 quarter rose 0.3 percent from the December 2013 quarter. The annual price changes in the year to March 2014 rose 1.5 percent, stating about half of the increase came from housing and household utility prices. The main downward contribution for the year came from cheaper audio-visual and computing equipment, with the strong New Zealand dollar having a downward influence on retail prices of internationally traded goods, including cars and appliances.

On Infoshare, New Zealand Transport Agency figures show that new registrations of cars and station wagons (including cars previously registered overseas) were up 5.1 percent in the March 2014 quarter from the December 2013 quarter. The retail trade survey includes sales for passenger vehicles, motor cycles, trailers, tyres and vehicle parts retailing only. Sales for commercial vehicles for example, business vehicles, trucks and buses, are more likely to be included in the quarterly Wholesale Trade Survey.  

Credit card billings in New Zealand, including spending using New Zealand and overseas-issued cards, rose 9.0 percent in the March 2014 quarter from the same period of the previous year.

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand's Official Cash Rate changed from 2.5 percent to 2.75 percent on 13 March 2014.

  

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