Magazine article New Zealand Management

For Economic Consumption

Magazine article New Zealand Management

For Economic Consumption

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With 2004 looming, we decided to take a look at the sites that seem to offer the best in economic forecasting and key economic data. There is, perhaps not surprisingly, a wide range of economic information on the net. In most cases it is comprehensively analysed, graphed and ready for consumption.

www.stats.govt.nz The Statistics NZ site provides essential data concerning many aspects of New Zealand's economy, environment and society. In fact the site provides so much information it'll take you a while to familiarise yourself with all the tools and information available. A good deal of it is free. It's usually only when you want specific information--say demographic data on a certain locality--that you pay. Census data is available on the site. All data is analysed and provided in either tables or graphs often with written analysis.

www.rbnz.govt.nz The Reserve Bank's website is another well-resourced government site. From the homepage you can access a wide range of economic statistics and currency information. Economic indicators relating to the New Zealand economy are also available--with a "quick stats" section providing a condensed summary of the most commonly sought economic info.

www.treasury.govt.nz For an overview of current government economic and fiscal policy head for the Treasury site. Treasury publishes monthly "Tax Outturn Data" which can he used as an early indication of economic activity. Other monthly economic indicators are also available. The site contains links to both the Stats NZ and Reserve Bank websites as well as important international sites such as the OECD, the IMF, APEC, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. …

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