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The economy sinks in Q1 as Omicron variant spreads

GDP decreased 0.2% in seasonally-adjusted quarter-on-quarter terms in Q1 amid the spread of the Omicron variant and border restrictions. The result followed Q4 2021’s 3.0% expansion. Meanwhile, on an annual basis, GDP expanded 1.2% in Q1, following Q4’s 3.1% increase.

The quarterly downturn came on the back of a marked cooling in both domestic and external demand. Private consumption rose 4.6% (Q4: +5.5% s.a. qoq), while fixed investment growth fell to 1.2% in Q1 (Q4: +12.1% s.a. qoq). Moreover, government spending growth moderated (Q1: +2.0% s.a. qoq; Q4: +4.1% s.a. qoq).

Meanwhile, exports fell at a sharper rate of 14.3% in Q1 (Q4: -2.0% s.a. qoq), while imports shrank 2.8% in the quarter, after increasing 3.2% in Q4.

FocusEconomics panelists project the economy to grow 4.5% in 2022, which is unchanged from last month’s estimate, and 3.2% in 2023.

New Zealand - Consumption Data

2015   2016   2017   2018   2019  
Consumption (annual variation in %)3.6  5.6  5.2  3.2  2.7  

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