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Satish Ranchhod, senior economist at Westpac, points out that the New Zealand’s retail spending was weaker than expected in June, with spending levels flat over the month (vs. expectations for a 0.7% increase).

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“Contributing to the flat June spending result was a fall in petrol prices over the month that capped nominal spending levels.”

“For many households, that fall in petrol prices would have freed up funds for spending in other areas. In fact, core (ex-fuel) spending posted a moderate 0.4% rise over the month. That included an increase in spending on durable items and clothing.”

“Looking at the June quarter as a whole, spending levels were only up 0.2%. That’s a fairly modest gain, especially as some of that increase will relate to price changes.”

“This reinforces the picture of softness in New Zealand economic activity through the June quarter that has been alluded to in recent business surveys.”