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Overview of the New Zealand retail sector


  • Hannah Kite

    (Reserve Bank of New Zealand)


This article provides an overview of the retail sector over the past ?ve years. Strong sales growth across all store types has been a key feature of the retail sector over the period. The scale of the retail sector has also been expanding, with a signi?cant increase in the number of new stores, and a tendency toward larger store sizes as operators seek competitive advantages of increased buying power and other scale economies. Low price in?ation, particularly for stores that sell imported goods, has been another feature of the retail sector; low or negative in?ation in the sector has been driven by the rising New Zealand dollar, and a fall in world prices for manufactured consumption goods. Productivity growth within the retail sector appears to have been lower than in other parts of the economy, but may be increasing over time. Pro?t margins within the sector have lifted slightly over this period but appear to have been constrained by strong competition and further increases in capacity within the sector.

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  • Hannah Kite, 2005. "Overview of the New Zealand retail sector," Reserve Bank of New Zealand Bulletin, Reserve Bank of New Zealand, vol. 68, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:nzb:nzbbul:june2005:5

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