NZ inflation hits 4% – Ouch
Posted July 15, 2008on:
Other people have more to say about today’s inflation result than I do (Interest blog) (the Standard) (Tumeke). Really, today’s result was pretty much what everyone was expecting – except for a stronger than expected increase in food prices (thanks to a mix of meat and fruit and veges). However, this slight uptick does make my 5% pick for September less extreme ;)
Also for all those people saying that it is only a tradable story – non-tradable inflation was 3.4%. This included some subsidies in education and health last September (so a price level shift), implying that the true rate of non-tradable inflation (growth in price level) was closer to 3.7-3.9%. Yuck.
If you have any questions about today’s inflation result, shoot – however, I won’t be checking my emails for about 27 hours from 5pm today so you better make it quick. (At least one pre-written post will magically appear tomorrow though, thanks to the magic of wordpress :) )
BTW: If you are interested in inflation, don’t forget about the inflation debate series – we are nearly up to inflation targeting, yippee.