NZD traders — heads up for NZ Q4 2017 GDP due 2145GMT on 14 March 2018

Economic growth data from New Zealand for the October to December quarter of last year is due on Thursday (local time)

  • At 2145 GMT on Wednesday 14 March 2018 
  • expected is +0.8% q/q, prior +0.6%
  • expected is +3.1% y/y, prior +2.7%   

 A preview, this via NAB:
… the highlight of the NZ week. Not that it’s looking like being a big deal.

  • We estimate a steady quarterly gain of 0.7%, after 0.6% in Q3. This is what the Reserve Bank expects too, with reference to its February Monetary Policy Statement.

A quarterly expansion of 0.7% would set annual growth at 3.1%. While that wouldn’t look so strong in per capita terms it will appear robust to the recent political transitions. Our 0.7% Q4 GDP expectation has the vast majority of its components expanding to differing degrees.

  • Likely exceptions are on-farm production (reflecting the weather), residential construction (reflecting timing issues) and elements of government spending.
  • If there is a curve ball in Q4 GDP it could well relate to manufacturing being either flat or big (such have been the extremely mixed messages for the sector with respect to the quarter).

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