Some 400 workers will lose their jobs after US owner shifts production to Melbourne.
Comvita recovered from free-fall after profit downgrade.
Experts pick New Zealand's employment market to continue its strong levels of growth.
'We've taken heart from the merchants' response to the quarterly survey of business opinion, which were fine," Craig Ebert said
"The largest gains have been seen in the regions"
Sales activity is leading the charge.
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