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Retail sales pick up in Q4 on motor vehicle industry

Retail sales expanded a seasonally-adjusted 1.7% in Q4 over the previous quarter. The reading was up slightly from the 1.6% increase tallied in Q3. The reading, which marked the largest gain since Q2 2012, exceeded market expectations of a weaker 1.3% expansion.

According to the statistical office, 12 of the 15 retail industries registered higher sales volumes in this latest quarter. Q4’s expansion mainly reflected an increase in the motor vehicles industry, which rose 3.4% quarter-on-quarter. In addition, food and beverages services as well as sales at supermarkets and grocery stores also tallied notable gains.

Compared to the same period last year, retail sales jumped from a 4.7% increase in Q3 to a 5.9% expansion in Q4, which marked the highest gain since Q2 2007.

FocusEconomics Consensus forecast participants expect private consumption to expand 2.9% in 2015, which is unchanged from last month’s projection. For 2016, the panel sees private consumption increasing 2.4%.

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New Zealand Retail Q4 2014 0

Note: Quarter-on-quarter seasonally adjusted and annual variation of retail sales in %.
Source: Statistics New Zealand and FocusEconomics calculations.

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