Consumables and fuel lift electronic card spending
Consumables and fuel lift electronic card spending – Media release
In January 2013, New Zealanders and visitors to the country increased their spending using debit and credit cards, Statistics New Zealand said today.
"Overall, spending was 0.4 percent higher than in December, after adjusting for seasonal effects like Christmas shopping," industry and labour statistics manager Blair Cardno said.
Four of the eight broad industry groups had rises in card spending, with consumables and fuel having the biggest rises. The consumables group, which includes food and liquor retailing, was up 0.8 percent ($13 million), and fuel was up 1.9 percent ($13 million).
Total retail spending rose 0.3 percent, and core retail (which excludes the motor vehicle-related industries) also increased 0.3 percent in January 2013.
Trends for the value of transactions in the total, retail, and core retail series have all generally been increasing since these series began in October 2002.
In actual (unadjusted) terms, there were 107 million transactions in January 2013, with an average value of $52. The total amount spent across all transactions was $5.6 billion.
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