1 Mar 2016

Terms of trade drop again

12:29 pm on 1 March 2016

The country's purchasing power with the rest of the world has weakened further.

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Official data shows the terms of trade, which measures the amount of imports that can be bought with a given amount of exports, fell 2 percent in the December quarter.

That was due to export prices falling more than import prices.

It follows a 3.8 percent fall in the September quarter.

Compared with a year ago, the terms of trade are down just over 3 percent.

Both export and import prices fell in the latest period, led by a 13 percent fall in dairy export prices, while petroleum was cheaper to import.