GDP up 1 percent - largest quarterly rise in two years

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New Zealand's gross domestic product (GDP) has increased by 1 percent - the largest rise in a quarter in two years.

The New Zealand dollar increased from US66c to US66.4c off the back of the announced GPD rise.

The coalition Government will be pleased - it's been plagued with low business confidence results over the past months.

Stats NZ says 15 out of 16 industries recorded higher production, with mining the only industry to decline.

Agriculture saw the largest increase, up 4.2 percent. Stats NZ says that was supported by growth in the forestry sector.

Mining was down 20 percent, the largest decrease for the sector in 29 years. Stats NZ said that "resulted from an unplanned outage at New Zealand’s largest natural gas field, the Pohokura field, after a leaking pipeline was discovered in March."

The result is better than predicted by the Reserve Bank, which anticipated growth of 0.5 percent. 

National's finance spokesperson Amy Adams expects the increase to be short-lived.

"As the June quarter numbers released today don't pick up the recent sharp drop in consumer confidence and business own activity indicators, GDP results for the second half of the year will be a better indication of just how much this Government is constraining our economy," Ms Adams said.

"GDP per capita was just 0.7 per cent for the year. This is significantly below the 1.6 per cent per capita New Zealand has averaged since 2012," Ms Adams said.

GPD last increased by 1 percent or more in June 2016. At the time it was the fourth consecutive increase of 1 percent or more.


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