Dairy and meat drive large fall in exports – Stats NZ media and information release: Overseas merchandise trade January 2021

Dairy and meat drive large fall in exports – Media release

26 February 2021

The value of total goods exports fell 10 percent in January 2021 from January 2020, to $4.2 billion, led by falls in dairy and meat, Stats NZ said today.

“The fall in exports of $486 million was the largest year-on-year fall in exports since March of 2016,” international trade manager Alasdair Allen said.

The fall in exports was led by a drop in dairy products with milk powder, down $97 million, butter, down $62 million, and whey, down $31 million from January 2020.

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Dairy and meat drive large fall in exports – Stats NZ media and information release: Overseas merchandise trade January 2021

Dairy and meat drive large fall in exports – Media release

26 February 2021

The value of total goods exports fell 10 percent in January 2021 from January 2020, to $4.2 billion, led by falls in dairy and meat, Stats NZ said today.

“The fall in exports of $486 million was the largest year-on-year fall in exports since March of 2016,” international trade manager Alasdair Allen said.

The fall in exports was led by a drop in dairy products with milk powder, down $97 million, butter, down $62 million, and whey, down $31 million from January 2020.

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Stats NZ information release: Employment indicators Weekly as at 22 February 2021

Employment indicators: Weekly as at 22 February 2021

25 February 2021

The experimental weekly series provides an early indicator of employment and labour market changes in a more a timely manner than the monthly employment indicators series.

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 17 January 2021:

  • the number of paid jobs (compared with the previous week) were:
    • 2,189,670 total paid jobs (up 33,060 or 1.53 percent)
    • 113,390 paid jobs in primary industries (up 2,060 or 1.85 percent)
    • 419,530 paid jobs in goods-producing industries (up 9,200 or 2.24 percent)
    • 1,600,950 in services industries (up 22,610 or 1.43 percent)
    • 55,810 in unclassified industries (down 800 or 1.41 percent)
  • the median income (compared with the previous week) was:
    • $1,064.47 (down $8.03 or 0.75 percent).

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Volume of wine on the rise – Stats NZ media and information release: Alcohol available for consumption Year ended December 2020

Volume of wine on the rise – Media release

25 February 2021

The total volume of wine available for consumption in New Zealand rose in 2020, Stats NZ said today.

“The volume of wine available to the New Zealand market was up 4.3 percent in 2020, in contrast to falls in each of the previous two years,” international trade manager Alasdair Allen said.

“This year’s wine volume available to the domestic market is nearly 113 million litres, surpassing the previous high of 2017.”

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Stats NZ information release: Effects of COVID-19 on trade At 17 February 2021 (provisional)

Effects of COVID-19 on trade: At 17 February 2021 (provisional)

24 February 2021

Effects of COVID-19 on trade is a weekly update on New Zealand’s daily goods trade with the world. Comparing the values with previous years shows the potential impacts of COVID-19.

The data is provisional and should be regarded as an early, indicative estimate of intentions to trade only, subject to revision.

We advise caution in making decisions based on this data.

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Child poverty statistics for households with disabled people released for the first time – Stats NZ media and information release: Child poverty statistics Year ended June 2020

Child poverty statistics for households with disabled people released for the first time – Media release

23 February 2021

The statistics show that disabled children and children in households where someone is disabled are more likely to be in poverty according to the nine child poverty measures, Stats NZ said today.

New data from the household economic survey reports statistics about disabled children and children in households where one or more people are disabled.

“This is an important improvement to be able to provide statistics for disabled people and their households for the first time,” income and poverty manager Chris Pooch said.

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Latest release of child poverty statistics – Stats NZ media and information release: Child poverty statistics Year ended June 2020

Latest release of child poverty statistics – Media release

23 February 2021

All measures of child poverty were trending downwards, prior to the COVID-19 lockdown, across the two years since year ended June 2018, Stats NZ said today.

The COVID-19 lockdown in late March 2020 affected Stats NZ’s ability to collect data from households for child poverty statistics. Therefore, data in this release only covers nine months, to March 2020, meaning this release gives a clear picture of child poverty pre-COVID-19. Changes to methodology used to produce child poverty statistics were made. As a result, statistics previously published for year ended June 2019 have been revised.

“We are confident in the data’s ability to report on child poverty in New Zealand before the COVID lockdown in March 2020,” work, wealth, and wellbeing senior manager, Sean Broughton said.

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Retail sales hold up in the December quarter – Stats NZ media and information release: Retail trade survey December 2020 quarter

Retail sales hold up in the December quarter – Media release

23 February 2021

Robust sales of vehicles, hardware supplies, and electrical items contributed to the rise of total retail values in the December 2020 quarter after the spending surge in the September 2020 quarter sales, Stats NZ said today.

In actual terms using year on year movements, total retail sales values, rose 4.9 percent ($1.3 billion) in December 2020 quarter after the strong 7.4 percent ($1.8 billion) rise in the September 2020 quarter.

The momentum of higher spending on motor vehicles continued into the December 2020 quarter with another solid increase of 12 percent ($412 million), after the 13 percent ($454 million) lift in the September 2020 quarter.

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Construction costs keep rising – Stats NZ media and information release: Business price indexes December 2020 quarter

Construction costs keep rising – Media release

19 February 2021

Construction businesses charged customers more in the December 2020 quarter, Stats NZ said today.

At the same time, prices charged by hospitality businesses such as hotels, motels, and restaurants increased after COVID-19 hit the tourism industry and prices were cut last year.

The construction industry saw a 0.5 percent increase in prices received from customers in the December 2020 quarter. Contributing to this was a 0.9 percent increase in building construction prices and a 0.8 percent increase in construction services prices.

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