14 Jul 2011

GDP March quarter figures due at last

5:10 am on 14 July 2011

Statistics New Zealand will finally issue Gross Domestic Product figures for the March quarter on Thursday.

The release has been delayed twice - first by the February earthquake in Christchurch and again last week, as statisticians double-checked figures related to the quake.

BNZ senior economist Craig Ebert says the delays in releasing the figures have spurred speculation they could be much better or worse than expected.