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GDP 12 : the Bank's measure of trading partner demand

Mark Smith

This article provides readers with the technical details of the Bank's measure of external demand. GDP-12, as it is known, is a summary measure that is used to help gauge trading partner demand for New Zealand's exports. Although GDP-12 is a useful summary measure, there are other external influences affecting the demand for our exports and economic activity more generally. Bearing this in mind, the Bank considers a wide range of developments in its monitoring and forecasting of the world economy.