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NZIER survey shows rising pessimism among New Zealand firms

The NZIER Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion for Q2 reveals increasing pessimism among New Zealand firms. A net 44% of firms are now pessimistic about the economy’s outlook over the next six months, up from 25% in Q1. Additionally, a net 28% reported a deterioration in their own trading during the three months through March, marking the weakest reading since mid-2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Employment figures are equally concerning. A net 25% of firms laid off workers in Q2, the highest level since the global financial crisis in 2009. Furthermore, a net 10% expect to reduce staff numbers in the three months through September. Profit expectations are also bleak, with a net 34% of firms anticipating weaker profits in the third quarter, accompanied by falling investment intentions.

On a slightly more positive note, only a net 23% of firms expect to increase prices in Q3, the lowest since 2021. Additionally, companies are finding it easier to recruit workers, signaling reduced wage pressure. Fewer companies also reported rising costs, suggesting some relief from inflationary pressures.

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