N.Z. Rugby Cup Likely Gave Economy Biggest Lift Since 2008

N.Z. Rugby Cup Likely Gave Economy Biggest Lift Since 2008

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Fans at the 2011 Rugby World Cup Final match between France and New Zealand in Auckland. Spending by locals and about 133,000 foreign rugby fans who visited New Zealand from July to October helped stoke retail sales, and construction rebounded last quarter after earthquakes caused a five-quarter slump.