Business commentator: GDP results a 'strange set of circumstances'

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Thu, 17 Sep 2020, 4:02PM
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Business commentator: GDP results a 'strange set of circumstances'

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 17 Sep 2020, 4:02PM

New Zealand is officially in its first recession in 11 years, by virtue of a second successive quarter of negative growth.

Country’s gross domestic product has shrunk a record 12.2 per cent in the June quarter showing impact of the Strict Level 4 lock down in March and April. 

Herald Business Editor at large Liam Dann told Kerre McIvor it's a strange set of circumstances and it's the worst GDP we've ever had, but it matches expectations.

Dann believes the recession is due to the strict lock down rules during level 4 which completely shut down the economy and the border closure as New Zealand depends on tourism and international students. 

He says it's a strange set of circumstances. 

“Technically in the current quarter we are in right now, we probably experiencing a record number of growth which is probably just a rebound, we kind of need to let this wash over us a bit and see how it looks at the end of the year," Dann said.