Producer Prices in New Zealand

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New Zealand - Producer Prices

Inflation at over eight-year high in Q1

Consumer prices increased at a one-and-a-half-year high rate of 0.8% in Q1 2020 over the previous quarter, up from Q4’s 0.5% rise and beating analysts’ expectations of a 0.4% increase, according to Statistics New Zealand. In terms of specific categories, food, alcoholic beverages and tobacco, and housing and household utilities were the categories that contributed the most to the quarter-on-quarter increase in prices. On the other hand, prices for transport fell the most.

Meanwhile, inflation climbed to an over eight-year high of 2.5% in Q1 following Q4’s 1.9%, again beating analysts’ forecasts of a 2.1% increase and moving above the Central Bank’s 2.0% target.

FocusEconomics panelists expect inflation to average 2.0% in 2020, which is unchanged from last month’s forecast, and 2% again in 2021.

New Zealand - Producer Prices Data

2014   2015   2016   2017   2018  
Inflation (PPI, annual variation in %)1.1  -1.3  0.8  4.8  3.4  

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