13 Dec 2011

Economic forecasts pared

7:09 am on 13 December 2011

Analysts have pared back their forecasts for economic growth because of the darkening global outlook and delays to the rebuilding of Christchurch.

The NZ Institute of Economic Research's latest round-up of forecasts show respondents expect the economy to expand by 2.2% in the year to the end of March, compared with the 2.6% forecast in September.

Growth is expected to rise to 3% in 2014, but that's less than the 3.7% forecast three months ago.

A weaker economy and subdued inflation mean economists now expect the Reserve Bank to raise interest rates later and more gradually.