Mainfreight, which last month reported a record full-year profit, told investors and analysts it expects momentum to continue.
Fletcher Building chief executive Ross Taylor said the company expects to take restructuring charges of $85 million to $95 million in its 2018 results as it moves to a decentralised operating model with more divisions and will also write down the value of its Rocla and Roof Tile businesses.
The New Zealand dollar fell to its lowest levels in about a month ahead of figures that are expected to show economic growth slowed in the first quarter, undershooting the Reserve Bank's forecast.
The Treasury says a "first version" of its living standards framework will be ready for the government to use in Budget 2019, although it expects to see the measures it uses evolve over time.
New Zealand's current-account turned to a surplus in the first quarter, bolstered by the services balance as tourism remained strong.
Toyota New Zealand, the country's biggest car brand, achieved record vehicle sales in its latest financial year and generated its highest ever revenue on the back of a strong economy.
The New Zealand dollar fell below 69 US cents after US president Donald Trump said he would target US$200 billion more Chinese products for tariffs and China threatened to retaliate, ramping up concerns about a trade war that could dent global growth.
The New Zealand dollar jumped about a quarter of an Australian cent, extending recent gains against its trans-Tasman counterpart, as investors were spooked by US President Donald Trump escalating his trade war with China.
Dairy product prices are expected to slip at the Global Dairy Trade auction overnight amid a pick-up in supply, even as global trade tensions appear to benefit demand for New Zealand dairy products.
The New Zealand dollar rose to the highest level in more than six weeks against its Australian counterpart on expectations the Australian economy will be harder hit by any slowing in China's growth.