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Retail Trade Survey: March 2017 quarter
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  15 May 2017
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Retail Trade Survey: June 2017 quarter will be released on 14 August 2017.

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Retail Trade Survey: March 2017 quarter – DataInfo+
Methodology used for this release and revisions to provisional values published in our previous release.

Retail Trade Survey data collection methodology – DataInfo+
General methodology used to produce retail trade survey statistics.

Retail Trade Survey definitions – DataInfo+
Definitions of terms and concepts used in this release.

Principles and protocols for producers of Tier 1 statistics
Statistics in this release are produced in accordance with the Official Statistics System principles and protocols for producers of Tier 1 statistics for quality. They conform to the Statistics NZ Methodological Standard for Reporting of Data Quality.

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The latest movements in related series were as follows:

The Consumers Price Index: March 2017 quarter rose 1.0 percent from the December 2016 quarter.

On Infoshare, New Zealand Transport Agency figures showed new registrations of cars and station wagons (including cars previously registered overseas) rose 12 percent in the March 2017 quarter from the same quarter in 2016. 

The Retail Trade Survey includes sales for new and used passenger vehicles, motor cycles, trailers, tyres, and vehicle parts retailing only. Sales for commercial vehicles (eg business vehicles, trucks, and buses) are more likely to be included in the quarterly Wholesale Trade Survey. 

Credit card billings in New Zealand, including spending using New Zealand and overseas-issued cards, rose 7.1 percent in the March 2017 quarter from the same period in 2016.

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand's Official Cash Rate made no changes during the March 2017 quarter.

International Travel and Migration: March 2017 reported New Zealand had a record net gain of 71,900 migrants in the year ended March 2017.

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