Dr Lockwood Smith National Trade Spokesperson
26 September 2002
Cullen's economic tail wind slowing
National's Trade spokesperson, Lockwood Smith, says the trade deficit for August announced today is one of the biggest
in the last decade.
Statistics New Zealand has reported that imports exceeded exports by $542 million in the month of August.
"What is of major concern is that the emerging trend of declining exports and rising imports indicates that this latest
result is no one-off blip.
"The tail wind that has made Dr Cullen look good these last three years is slowing down. Export income over the next 12
months is likely to be down by well over $2 billion," says Dr Smith