Domestic trade (M4)

This data shows the retail, wholesale and manufacturing sales in New Zealand each quarter.
09 December 2021 03:00 p.m.
Next release
25 February 2022 03:00 p.m.
Statistics New Zealand
Data files
Retail trade sales Wholesale trade sales Manufacturing operating income
Date ($m) (q/q% s.a.) (y/y%) ($m) (q/q% s.a.) (y/y%) ($m) (q/q% s.a.) (y/y%)
Previous years:
Sep 2019 23,776 1.8 4.2 28,201 0.3 1.8 27,076 1.9 1.0
Sep 2020 25,545 29.3 7.4 29,795 17.5 5.7 26,756 11.9 -1.2
Dec 2020 28,505 -1.2 4.8 30,658 -1.4 2.7 30,556 0.3 -3.5
Mar 2021 26,321 2.6 6.2 28,146 3.8 6.1 29,118 2.3 -0.1
Jun 2021 27,482 4.2 37.1 30,996 3.2 24.2 30,692 3.7 19.4
Sep 2021 25,107 -7.0 -1.7 32,032 1.8 7.5 27,765 -2.2 3.8

The data: coverage, periodicity, and timeliness

Coverage characteristics

Retail trade statistics measure the sales of a wide range of businesses that provide household and personal goods and services.

Wholesale trade statistics measure the sale or resale of new or used goods to retailers, including businesses or institutional users (include government).

Manufacturing statistics measures the sales of manufactured goods. In New Zealand, many manufacturers are engaged in primary produce manufacturing such as meat, dairy and other food processing.




Retail trade statistics are published around seven weeks after the end of the reference quarter.

Wholesale trade and manufacturing statistics are published around 11 weeks after the end of the reference quarter.

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Retail trade


The value sales (excluding GST) in the retail trade sector.


The value of stocks held in the retail trade sector

Wholesale trade


The value of sales (excluding GST) in the wholesale trade sector.


The value of stocks held in the wholesale trade sector.

It is the closing stocks of raw materials for use in production, plus the closing stocks of finished goods, work in progress, and trading stocks.


Operating income

The value of sales (excluding GST) and other operating income in the manufacturing sector.


The value of stocks held in the manufacturing sector.

It includes the closing stocks of raw materials for use in production and closing stocks of finished goods, work in progress and trading stocks.

Symbols and conventions for summary table

0 Zero or value rounded to zero
- Not applicable
.. Not available
bold Revised/new
italics Provisional
light red background Historical

General notes

  • Individual figures may not sum to the totals due to rounding
  • Percentage changes are calculated on unrounded numbers
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