20 Feb 2013

Economic activity in all regions up

7:29 am on 20 February 2013

All 14 regions have experienced a quarterly rise in economic activity for the first time in eight years.

ANZ Bank's latest regional trends report shows nationwide economic activity rose 1.8% in the last three months of 2012.

It said there were stronger gains in real estate market statistics, retail spending, car registrations, guest nights and building consents.

But these were partially offset by weaker employment data.