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21 January 2021
Employment indicators: Weekly as at 18 January 2021
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International travel: November 2020
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22 January 2021
Consumers price index: December 2020 quarter
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27 January 2021
Effects of COVID-19 on trade: 1 February 2020–20 January 2021 (provisional)
View recent Effects of COVID-19 on trade releases

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Christmas period boosts domestic card spending – Stats NZ media and information release: Electronic card transactions December 2020

Christmas period boosts domestic card spending – Media release

19 January 2021

Spending on groceries, furniture, and electronics boosted December 2020 sales compared with December 2019, but accommodation and fuel spending was low, Stats NZ said today.

Total retail card spending rose 3.5 percent in the December 2020 month, up $250 million, compared with December 2019.

For the December 2020 quarter, actual retail card spending using electronic cards was $20 billion, up $816 million (4.3 percent) compared with the December 2019 quarter.

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Impacts of COVID-19 on methodology for the December 2020 quarter CPI

Impacts of COVID-19 on methodology for the December 2020 quarter CPI

15 January 2021

This paper summarises the impacts of COVID-19 on the methodology used for the December 2020 quarter consumers price index (CPI) following on from our September 2020 quarter paper (see Impacts of COVID-19 on the methodology used for the September 2020 quarter CPI).

We focus on collection issues, imputation to replace missing prices, reintroducing prices for missing items, and reweighting the CPI basket.

COVID-19 has created some unprecedented data collection and methodological challenges for the CPI in 2020. In the December 2020 quarter in-person collection of data was not interrupted by COVID-19 lockdowns as New Zealand was under alert level 1. This compares with both the June and September 2020 quarters where in-person collection of data from stores ceased for a while, which meant contacting business respondents was more difficult. We’re also reintroducing the prices for one international airfare route as more people are starting to fly as travel restrictions ease.

Visit our website to read this paper: Impacts of COVID-19 on methodology for the December 2020 quarter CPI

    Stats NZ information release: Rental price indexes December 2020

    Rental price indexes: December 2020

    15 January 2021

    Key facts

    Monthly change

    In December 2020 compared with November 2020:

    • the index for the stock measure of rental property prices rose 0.2 percent
    • the index for the flow measure of rental property prices fell 0.1 percent.

    Annual change

    In December 2020 compared with December 2019:

    • the index for the stock measure of rental property prices increased 3.1 percent
    • the index for the flow measure of rental property prices increased 1.5 percent.

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    More expensive fruit and vegetables boost food prices in 2020 – Stats NZ media and information release: Food price index December 2020

    More expensive fruit and vegetables boost food prices in 2020 – Media release

    15 January 2021

    Fruit and vegetable prices increased almost 9 percent in the year ended December 2020, boosting overall food price inflation to 2.9 percent, Stats NZ said today.

    “In 2020 prices have been high for a variety of crops, including potatoes, courgettes and tomatoes, at different times of the year and for different reasons,” consumer prices manager Katrina Dewbery said.

    As a result of higher fruit and vegetable prices, overall food prices have been trending higher than the most recent consumers price index (CPI) inflation of 1.4 percent in the year ended September 2020, with December figures due to be released on 22 January 2021.

    “Food prices often vary from headline inflation as they can be influenced differently by factors such as growing conditions, international trade, and labour costs,”  Mrs Dewbery said.

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    Stats NZ Information Release: Employment indicators: Weekly as at 11 January 2021

    Employment indicators: Weekly as at 11 January 2021

    14 January 2021

    Key facts

    The 6-day series includes jobs with a pay period equal to or less than 7 days, while the 20-day series covers jobs with pay periods of 14 days or fewer. The 34-day series includes all jobs regardless of their pay period.

    The 34-day series indicated that for the latest week, the week ended 6 December 2020:

    • the number of paid jobs (compared with the previous week) were:
      • 2,296,380 total paid jobs (up 26,980 or 1.19 percent)
      • 116,680 paid jobs in primary industries (up 2,790 or 2.45 percent)
      • 427,020 paid jobs in goods-producing industries (up 2,820 or 0.66 percent)
      • 1,694,040 in services industries (up 20,420 or 1.22 percent)
      • 58,630 in unclassified industries (up 940 or 1.63 percent).
    • the median income (compared with the previous week) was:
      • $1,058.00 (up $1.00 or 0.09 percent).

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    New homes consented reach record numbers in North Island – Stats NZ Media and Information Release: Building consents issued November 2020

    New homes consented reach record numbers in North Island – Media release

    14 January 2021

    The annual number of new homes consented in the North Island was 29,310 in November 2020, the highest number since the regional series began in March 1991, Stats NZ said today.

    Nationally, the number of new homes consented in the year to November 2020 was 38,624, up 4.2 percent from 2019. The national annual total is the highest since July 1974, when 38,904 new homes were consented.

    “Auckland, Hawke’s Bay, and Taranaki had record levels of new homes consented in the November 2020 year. These consents are an intention to build, and most home construction is completed within a year or two after a consent is granted, though COVID-19 may have caused delays for some projects,” construction statistics manager Michael Heslop said.

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    Stats NZ release notification

    Dear subscriber,

    Below you can find Stats NZ’s information releases for the next week. For more information about these releases go to Insights and make your selections in the drop down options.

    14 January 2021
    Building consents issued: November 2020
    View recent Building consents issued releases

    Employment indicators: Weekly as at 11 January 2021
    View recent Employment indicators releases

    15 January 2021
    Food price index: December 2020
    View recent Food price index releases

    Rental price indexes: December 2020
    View recent Rental price indexes releases

    19 January 2021
    Electronic card transactions: December 2020
    View recent Electronic card transactions releases

    Our release calendar has a full list of release dates for official statistics.

    The release calendar is updated six months ahead, but dates may change due to events related to Covid-19.

    Information releases include the latest statistics for the subject, with a summary (in the Key facts section), statistical Tables, and links to metadata and related information.

    M = a media conference will be held for this release.

    You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date on releases and further information:
     

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    Visit our Other publications we’re working on, to see some of the publications we’re planning to publish.

    Stats NZ’s old website (archive.stats.govt.nz) closed on 4 December 2020. More information: Closing the old Stats NZ website.

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    Stats NZ Information Release: Household labour force survey estimated working-age population: December 2020 quarter

    Household labour force survey estimated working-age population: December 2020 quarter

    13 January 2021

    The household labour force survey estimated working-age population table shows the population benchmarks used to produce household labour force survey estimates for the upcoming labour market statistics release.

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    Stats NZ Information Release: Dwelling and household estimates: December 2020 quarter

    Dwelling and household estimates: December 2020 quarter

    13 January 2021

    Key facts

    At 31 December 2020:

    • private dwellings estimate – 1,945,600
    • households estimate – 1,808,700.

    The private dwelling estimates are based on the 2018 Census while household estimates remain based on the 2013 Census. The household estimates will be revised to incorporate the 2018 Census results in the next release on 9 April 2021.

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