Thomas Coughlan

The Government is looking at new and novel ways of financing infrastructure without breaking its strict budget responsibility rules.

Annual inflation stood at just 1.1 percent according to data released by Stats NZ on Wednesday, but economists predict that number will rise as tightness in the Labour market fuels wage increases. Thomas Coughlan reports.

The consumers price index (CPI) rose 0.5 percent in the March 2018 quarter, Stats NZ announced today. This is in line with the market expectations, but slightly above those of most bank economists here.

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The IMF suggests the Reserve Bank adopt a debt-to-income limit to reduce the risks from a still-heavily indebted household sector. Thomas Coughlan reports.