WELLINGTON, New Zealand–New Zealand’s retail spending grew at a faster pace than expected in the second quarter of 2017, outpacing the previous quarter after major sporting events lifted hospitality sales.

The volume of retail sales increased 2% in the April-June period compared with the previous three months, Statistics New Zealand said Monday. This rise follows a gain of 1.6% in the first quarter of the year.

After adjusting for price and seasonal effects, retail sales volumes in…