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Wholesale Trade Survey and Economic Survey of Manufacturing releases rescheduled

Media advisory – 6 September 2011

Wholesale Trade Survey: June 2011 quarter – rescheduled for 12 September

Economic Survey of Manufacturing: June 2011 quarter – rescheduled for 13 September

Statistics New Zealand has delayed the release of the Wholesale Trade Survey: June 2011 quarter until Monday, 12 September and the Economic Survey of Manufacturing: June 2011 quarter until Tuesday, 13 September.

The Wholesale Trade Survey was due to be released tomorrow 7 September, and the Economic Survey of Manufacturing on 8 September.

Business Indicators Manager Kathy Connolly says Statistics NZ identified inaccurate information from a small number of large businesses. Statistics New Zealand received their updated information late in the process and the changes were significant enough to require them to be included. More time is now needed to input and analyse the updated information.

"Statistics New Zealand places a top priority on producing trustworthy statistics. In this case we're choosing to delay releasing these two surveys to ensure they are accurate and reliable."

The two surveys provide critical information for the gross domestic product (GDP). The upcoming release of GDP on September 22 will go ahead as planned.

"We apologise for these delays as we recognise the importance of this information," Ms Connolly said.

"We make every effort to get our data releases out as soon as possible after we receive the survey information. Because of the short time between receiving the data and releasing the surveys, in this case we were unable to give more notice of the delay."

The media conference scheduled for Economic Survey of Manufacturing: June 2011 quarter on 8 September will now take place on 13 September at Statistics House, Harbour Quays, Wellington. The conference room opens at 10:00am and the embargo lifts at 10:45am.

See the full Statistics New Zealand release calendar.

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