Stuff.co.nz:

Business confidence amongst kiwi franchisors has risen to record levels, with the latest Franchising Confidence Index strongly outpacing other measures of business confidence.

The outlook for general business conditions grew to 46 per cent for franchisors and 65 per cent for service providers in the quarterly April results, up from 32 per cent for both in January.

Those figures are well ahead of the most recent business confidence surveys from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (24 per cent), the Bank of New Zealand, (34 per cent) and National Bank (34 per cent). Read full post.