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Consumption (M2)

This data, sourced from Stats NZ, monitors consumption in New Zealand using the amount of retail sales as the measure.

Retail trade sales
Date ($m) ($m s.a.) (q/q% s.a.) (y/y%)
Previous years:
Sep 2020 25,545 26,205 27.1 7.4
Sep 2021 25,107 25,805 -8.3 -1.7
Dec 2021 31,002 28,941 12.2 8.8
Mar 2022 28,434 29,124 0.6 8.0
Jun 2022 28,529 29,157 0.1 3.8
Sep 2022 28,980 29,875 2.5 15.4

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.

Final consumption expenditure from the national accounts comprises expenditure by households, private non-profits, central and local government.




We publish retail trade statistics around seven weeks after the end of the reference quarter.

We publish gross domestic product around three months after the end of the reference quarter.

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Retail trade statistics

Gross domestic product

Retail trade


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


Retail sales volumes expressed in September 2010 quarter prices. This is a constant price estimate that removes movement caused by price changes.



Private final consumption expenditure comprises household expenditure or outlays on consumer goods and services, and the final consumption expenditure on non-capital items of private non-profit institutions serving households.

General government

Government final consumption expenditure is the value of goods and services provided by the government sector for current consumption by the community. It includes both central and local government.

Symbols and conventions for summary table

Symbol or convention Definition
0 Zero or value rounded to zero
- Not applicable
.. Not available
bold Revised/new
italics Provisional
Light grey 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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