Dene Mackenzie

Product making tops NZ

The Otago-Southland regional economy has plenty to cheer about in the latest BNZ-BusinessNZ performance in manufacturing index results, leading the rest of the country with 60.1 points last month.

Bright outlook for Cup spending

Bright outlook for Cup spending

The slight increase in electronic card spending in September was on the soft side of expectations, but research by MasterCard indicates there are plenty of benefits to come from New Zealand hosting the Rugby World Cup. Business editor Dene Mackenzie reviews sales in the retail sector.

Consumer spending restrained in key retail sectors

Consumer spending in the key listed retail sectors of consumer durables and apparel remains subdued and most retailers are still reporting a difficult environment, Forsyth Barr broker Suzanne Kinnaird says.

Food prices show downward trend

Food prices show downward trend

Observers are hailing a 1% fall in September food prices as a sign of further moderation in what has been a volatile Statistics New Zealand index.

ACC levy decrease of more than $500 million announced

A substantial decrease in ACC levies for employers and the self-employed is being welcomed with open arms by Otago-Southland Employers Association chief executive John Scandrett.

Investors rattled by effects of oil spill on port

Port of Tauranga shares traded down yesterday as investors became nervous about the effects of the environmental disaster releasing heavy diesel into the sea and on to beaches.

Confident despite debt

Confident despite debt

The Government goes into an election campaign with the country carrying a huge burden of debt but Finance Minister Bill English remains confident of reporting budget surpluses in just a few years.

Opinion: Govt will have to do better

Opinion: Govt will have to do better

The Government will have to start providing better front people for the election campaign if it wants to make traction with Dunedin's business audiences.

Critics call for fairer way to rebuild natural disaster fund

Government critics are calling for fairer treatment after Finance Minister Bill English yesterday announced a rise in the Earthquake Commission levies from 5c per $100 to 15c per $100 for insured homeowners.

Freight company proposal queried

The proposed freight-management company launched this year is being scrutinised by the Commerce Commission to ensure Kotahi Logistics will not introduce anti-competitive behaviour.