The positive influence of primary production is evident in the latest manufacturing statistics from Stats NZ.
Seasonally adjusted manufacturing sales volumes were up just 0.2 percent, during the March 2008 quarter but without meat and dairy product manufacturing industry, volumes decreased 1.4 percent.
The meat and dairy product manufacturing industry seasonally adjusted sales volumes rose 5.0 percent ($181 million) in the first three months this year while wood product manufacturing decreased 4.7 percent ($48 million), furniture and other manufacturing was down 11.0 percent ($46 million), and transport equipment manufacturing fell 6.3 percent ($36 million).
Seasonally adjusted manufacturing sales increased 3.7 percent, reflecting the contribution of increased prices. This is the third largest increase since the series began, and was dominated by the manufacturing of meat and dairy products, which rose 13.0 percent.
This follows the record 26.2 percent rise in the December 2007 quarter. Excluding this sector however, seasonally adjusted manufacturing sales decreased by 0.1 percent.
The total manufacturing sales trend continues to record general increases, however it has been stronger in the past year, up 12.8 percent, because of the influence of the manufacturing of meat and dairy produce.