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New Zealand - Consumer Prices (Q1)

The rise in headline inflation from 1.9% in Q3 to 2.5% in Q4 will be of cold comfort to the RBNZ given the virus outbreak may cause inflation to slow below 1% before long.
Ben Udy Australia and New Zealand Economist
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