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Household saving up as households spend less – Media release

20 October 2022

Household saving increased to $2.1 billion in the June quarter after dropping to $230 million in the first quarter of 2022, Stats NZ said today.

“New Zealand households spent less in the June 2022 quarter, while also experiencing steady income growth. The decrease in household spending partly reflected reduced purchases of durable goods, such as second-hand cars and electronics,” national accounts institutional sector insights senior manager Paul Pascoe said.

In the June quarter household incomes grew 1.6 percent to $54.9 billion. Wage and salary increases were the largest factor contributing to income growth. However, increased government assistance (such as benefits and tax credits), and income of self-employed business owners and partnerships also contributed.

Household saving is the difference between income and spending.

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