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      New Zealand sales up 2.1% vs 1.1% estimates; NZD/USD reaches new 1.5 year high

      New Zealand Q4 retail sales rose to 2.1% against expectations for +1.2%. As stated by Geoff Bascand, Government Statistician at the Burueau of Statistics in New Zealand, for the December 2012 quarter, compared with the September 2012 quarter (seasonally adjusted):

      "The total volume of retail sales rose 2.1 percent. The total value of retail sales rose 1.7 percent. Hardware, building, and garden supplies retailing rose strongly for a second consecutive quarter, again boosted by high sales in Canterbury."

      The data has boosted the NZD/USD to fresh 1.5 year high, currently at 0.8514.

      Forex: EUR/USD recovers ground but remains depressed just ahead 1.3300

      It isn't about the Dollar strengthening but the Euro weakness. The euro is among the worst performers on Thursday with a low of 1.3315 against the Dollar. However, the EUR/USD managed to stabilize just above the 1.3300 and currently is recovering ground around 1.3365.
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