I’ve been writing a weekly column for NZ regional newspapers since 1998. Columns produced since the start of 2011 are included on this page.
Consumer Sentiment Eases But Spending Intentions Rise
Friday September 6th 2013
There has been a slight reduction this month in the net percent of people feeling confident about the economy to 21% from 29% in July and August. Nevertheless, a net 8% of our 521 respondents (compared with 6% in August) still expect to spend more than usual in the coming month with a gross 17% […]
The 253 licensed real estate agents who responded in our survey this month have noted a falling away of first home buyers in the market but still strongly rising prices and an over-whelming perception that it is a seller’s market throughout most, but not all, of New Zealand. In contrast with the previous two months […]
Our fourth BNZ-Nine Rewards Consumer Trends Survey has found a continuing strong level of optimism about the state of the economy in a year’s time. A net 29% of respondents are optimistic which is the same outcome as July’s survey.
Our monthly survey elicited 763 responses last week and a record net 59% of respondees expect that the NZ economy will be in better shape in a year’s time than it is now. This result is consistent with other less up to date measures showing very positive business sentiment. Some key themes are worsening shortages […]
Courtesy largely of a turning in the large migration cycle which NZ experiences with Australia, net migration flows are approaching average levels and look set to rise to 2 – 3 times the average annual net gain in the coming year or two.