Academic journal article The Reserve Bank of New Zealand Bulletin

Reserve Bank Raises OCR to 2.75 Percent: 13 March 2014

Academic journal article The Reserve Bank of New Zealand Bulletin

Reserve Bank Raises OCR to 2.75 Percent: 13 March 2014

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Statement issued by Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler:

The Reserve Bank today increased the OCR by 25 basis points to 2.75 percent.

New Zealand's economic expansion has considerable momentum, and growth is becoming more broad-based. GDP is estimated to have grown by 3.3 percent in the year to March. Growth is gradually increasing in New Zealand's trading partners. However, improvements in major economies have required exceptional support from monetary policy. Global financial conditions continue to be very accommodating, with bond yields in most advanced countries low and equity markets performing strongly.

Prices for New Zealand's export commodities remain very high, and especially for dairy. Domestically, the extended period of low interest rates and continued strong growth in construction sector activity have supported recovery. A rapid increase in net immigration over the past 18 months has also boosted housing and consumer demand. Confidence is very high among consumers and businesses, and hiring and investment intentions continue to increase.

Growth in demand has been absorbing spare capacity, and inflationary pressures are becoming apparent, especially in the non-tradables sector. In the tradables sector, weak import price inflation and the high exchange rate have held down inflation. …

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