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Analysts at Westpac Institutional Bank expect next Monday’s Consumers Price Index (CPI) release to show a 0.4% rise for the March quarter. NZD/USD trades at 0.5967.

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“We expect a 0.4% rise in consumer prices for the March quarter, lifting the annual inflation rate to 2.1%.” 

“Our estimate is in line with market forecasts, and a touch below the 0.5% increase that the Reserve Bank expected in its February Monetary Policy Statement.” 

“We don’t expect this release to be marketmoving, with markets more focused on how the lockdown progresses.”