16 Jul 2009

Contraction in manufacturing shows signs of slowing

12:17 pm on 16 July 2009

Manufacturing activity shrank at a slower pace in June and is now at its highest overall level in nine months.

The BNZ Capital-Business New Zealand Performance of Manufacturing Index increased to 46.2 in June, up 3.1 points from May.

A reading below 50 indicates manufacturing activity is generally declining.

BNZ Capital senior economist Craig Ebert says there is a sense of a recovery being underway.

He says the employment index continued to slide in June, but that could stablise if production improves over coming months.