New Zealand ANZ Business Confidence rose to -32.0 in May, up from -37.5. But all sectors remained deeply negative, with agriculture confidence worst at -63.9. Activity Outlook also improved to 8.5, up from 7.1. Manufacturing scored best in activity at 21.5.

ANZ noted that “how quickly the economy will bounce back is a key question. If the forward indicators start to suggest that the Reserve Bank’s relatively sharp V-shaped recovery is overly optimistic, it will be game on for further OCR cuts this year.”

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