• Joint productivity study welcomed

    BusinessNZ and the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum have welcomed the announcement of joint work by the Productivity Commissions of New Zealand and Australia. An agreement of the joint cabinet meeting of the New Zealand and Australian...

    • Posted January 31, 2012
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  • Service sector crease bound?

    The service sector returned to a more subdued level of expansion in December, according to the BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Services Index (PSI). The PSI for December was 50.6. This was down 5.6 points from 56.2...

    • Posted January 30, 2012
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  • Pace required on economic plan

    Economic directions signalled by the Prime Minister in his first major speech of the year will be welcomed by enterprise, says BusinessNZ – and now they need to be acted on. Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly says relying...

    • Posted January 26, 2012
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  • RBNZ must respond to quantitative easing and lower interest rates elsewhere

    The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) needs to respond to unorthodox monetary policy implemented elsewhere if we are to see an export lead recovery this year say the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA). This...

    • Posted January 26, 2012
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  • ‘Clustering’ to become a global ‘brain economy’

    David McConnell, chair of ATEED (left) chats to Prof Torger Reve By Kevin Kevany Could this be ‘the dawning of the Age of Competitiveness’ for New Zealand? The omens are good at year-end 2011, with all of...

    • Posted January 26, 2012
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  • Brighter end to the year for manufacturers

    Manufacturing activity improved enough over December to be back in positive territory, according to the latest BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI). The seasonally adjusted PMI for December was 51.9 (a PMI reading above 50.0...

    • Posted January 26, 2012
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  • EMEX 2012 to showcase the new

    Rob Lavender Visitors to EMEX 2012 will not only get hands-on with the latest in engineering, electronics and manufacturing, but also get a glimpse into the future thanks to the presence this year of eight top New...

    • Posted January 25, 2012
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  • Malaysian trade mission offers opportunities

    Sir Ken Stevens is leading the trade mission to Malaysia. The range of business opportunity on offer through a trade mission heading to Malaysia, Sarawak and Brunei in late March represents a rare and important opportunity for...

    • Posted January 23, 2012
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  • CPI down, OCR cut makes sense

    The Consumers Price Index (CPI) has dropped 0.3% in the December quarter and inflation increased by 1.8% year on year, well within the target band. That allows plenty of room for monetary policy that supports exports say...

    • Posted January 19, 2012
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  • Hiring intentions in South Island at eight year high

    Hiring intentions in the South Island are at an eight-year high, according to the latest Hudson Report Employment and HR Trends. A net 40.1% of employers in the region intend to increase permanent staff numbers in the...

    • Posted January 17, 2012
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