Things are looking a little rosier in the business world.
There's been a small lift in optimism about the economy in the latest Bank of New Zealand Confidence Survey, for the fourth month in a row.
A net 20 percent of respondents expect the economy to be better 12 months from now, compared to 17 percent in September.
BNZ is not interpreting the upward movement as a signal the economy is about to embark on an employment and investment-driven surge.
However, it says reasonable growth above two percent remains on the cards.
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