Consumer confidence picks up
Thursday 15 Nov 2012 2:39 p.m.
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New Zealand consumer confidence has risen, with Kiwis feeling more upbeat about the future and more people seeing better times financially over the next 12 months.
The ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence measure rose to 114.1 in November from 110.5 in October. A reading above 100 indicates there are more optimists than pessimists.
The current conditions index edged up to 110.2 from 109.6 and has held around these levels since the start of the year, while the future conditions index climbed to 116.7 from 111.
"Households have become more circumspect over the future and have pared back lofty expectations on the general economic outlook as the reality of a moderate medium-term growth environment sinks in," ANZ senior economist Mark Smith said.
The survey has displayed "a zigzag pattern over the past year".
Little change in the current conditions index this year suggested consumers weren't significantly increasing household spending.
The November survey follows economic figures on retail sales and unemployment, which both highlighted the weakness of the economy in the third quarter.
Thursday's confidence survey showed people think house prices will rise 3.5 percent over the next two years, down from a 3.7 percent expected in last month's survey.
Those deeming now a good time to buy major household items held unchanged at a net 26 percent while the balance of those feeling better off financially now than a year ago improved to -6 from -7.
Canterbury was the most upbeat region, with confidence rising 15 points to 123, followed by Auckland on 115. Confidence in Wellington was 110, the lowest of any region.