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ANZ analysts suggest that as a small open economy, New Zealand is at the whim of global forces as recently, the global growth outlook has deteriorated further and trade tensions have escalated dramatically.

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“We step through three key channels which New Zealand has been impacted through; trade, financial markets, and uncertainty. So far, tourist numbers are weaker but our exports and commodity prices have been shielded by continued demand for soft commodities and favourable supply factors.”

“The NZD is doing its job and global financial conditions are looking more fragile, but are still a tailwind. But elevated global uncertainty seems to be weighing on domestic firms’ sentiment, investment and employment. Overall, the risks are all looking pretty one sided.”