NZ economy changes down a gear: Truckometer

JAMES WEIR
Last updated 10:54 12/08/2014

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The foot may be coming off the accelerator, but there is no sign the economy is going into a "panicked skid" according to ANZ's latest report on traffic flows.

The bank's "Truckometer" index, measuring truck and lighter traffic flows, is seen as a timely measure of economic activity.

In July, the heavy-traffic index rebounded 2.6 per cent, after falling in the two previous months.

The latest result was a "good start" for the September quarter.

The heavy traffic index suggested economic growth of about 0.6 per cent in the June quarter, which was respectable, but down from the 1 per cent or better seen in the past three quarters.

ANZ, looking at a wider range of indicators, forecast June quarter growth of 0.7 per cent.

The light-traffic index was flat in July, after falling in 0.8 per cent in June. Light traffic is seen as a leading indicator for economic growth.

While economic growth in the June quarter may have slowed, the signs for the rest of the year "remain very robust", ANZ said.

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