[9 July/The Country]

New Zealand Tractor and Machinery Association President, John Tulloch, said sales of tractors were up more than 25 percent on this time last year. He added sales were back near 2014 levels, and there was also increased spending within the lifestyle, viticulture and horticulture markets. He noted it was rare to see every sector performing relatively well at the same time. Mr Tulloch said agricultural customers were being cautiously optimistic rather than going on big spending sprees. Despite the caution, overall sales looked healthy and if the trajectory continued, tractor and machinery sales could possibly his a new record high by the end of the year.