Sinking business confidence is at odds with robust economic fundamentals, perhaps no more so than in the booming construction sector where growth is forecast in the industry said to be the main current contributor to GDP growth.

New Zealand's total construction value output rose 5 per cent last year to hit a record $39 billion worth of work and Auckland new house-building consents and completions continue to climb.

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