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New Zealand Business Confidence Rises 11% in May

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New Zealand business confidence continued its half-pipe lift, rising further in May the third monthly rise in a row. A net 11% of businesses are optimistic about prospects over the coming year. Gains were evident across all the subsectors. Construction remains the most upbeat sector and agriculture the least, according to the ANZ business outlook.

According to the survey conducted on 1500 businesses nationwide, a net 30 percent of businesses are upbeat about their own prospects over the year ahead. That’s down a couple of points from last month, but barely a wobble really.

Here is the key take-away of the report.

  • Profit expectations rose from +16 to +20. That’s the fourth month on the magic carpet higher.
  • Employment intentions increased from +13 to +18. Sentiment is broadly balanced as to whether the unemployment rate will move up or down. Construction and services sectors say down, with both leading the charge. Construction sector employment intentions hit a 2-year high.
  • Investment intentions were up from +11 to +15.
  • Export intentions were a tad lower (+21 versus +22). No news here.
  • Exports have been in the moguls for a while.
  • Residential investment intentions were unchanged at +36 while commercial construction rose from +24 to +29.
  • Inflation expectations were unchanged at 1.4%, although pricing intentions moved from +17 to +22. Still on the bunny slopes.

The picture, after adjusting for seasonality, is largely the same.

The economic trail remains well groomed. Migration is strong. House prices are booming (so much so that it’s turning into a challenging chute run with some nasty rocks to avoid down the trail).

The construction and tourism sector are slaloming incredibly well. Financial conditions are still supportive despite the still high NZD causing some slushiness.

“There are few sectors we can point to as being on the rocks. New Zealand is in the enviable position of having credibility, competency and stability in the Government arena. It’s something we can take for granted, and is a missing base in many countries around the globe,” said Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), the largest bank in New Zealand.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.