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About Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion

Available to NZIER members only.

Begun in 1961, NZIER's Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion is New Zealand's longest running and most comprehensive business survey. The resulting indicators are a valuable tool for assessing the current state of the economy and forecasting short term economic activity.

The survey samples manufacturers, builders, architects, wholesalers and retailers, and service sector firms. Information from these industries provides useful indicators of future investment patterns, and the likely direction and composition of economic growth in coming quarters.

Firms are surveyed regarding both their recent experience and expectations for the next three to six months.

Results cover:

  • General business conditions
  • Output, sales and orders
  • Costs, prices and profits
  • Investment levels
  • Staffing levels
  • Difficulty finding skilled and unskilled labour
  • Constraints on production.