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Electronic Card Transactions: April 2017
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  10 May 2017
Commentary

All figures are seasonally adjusted unless otherwise specified. Seasonally adjusted figures are subject to revision each month, and monthly movements can fluctuate.

Values are only available at the national level, and are not adjusted for price changes.

The value of electronic card spending in the retail industries was up 1.1 percent in April 2017, following a 0.3 percent fall in March 2017.

Three of the six retail industries rose in April 2017. The movements were:

  • consumables, up $42 million (2.2 percent)
  • durables, up $15 million (1.3 percent)
  • hospitality, up $7 million (0.7 percent)
  • vehicles (excluding fuel), unchanged  
  • apparel, down $4 million (1.2 percent)
  • fuel, down $11 million (1.7 percent)

Graph, Change to seasonally adjusted card transaction values by industry, Change from the April 2017 month

Core retail spending (which excludes the vehicle-related industries) rose 1.4 percent in April 2017, after an unchanged March 2017.

The non-retail (excluding services) industry rose $5 million (0.4 percent) and the services industry was up $0.2 million (0.1 percent).

The total value of electronic card spending, including the two non-retail industries (services and other non-retail), rose $36 million (0.5 percent) in April 2017. This follows a 0.5 percent rise in March 2017.

Graph, Value of electronic card retail transactions, Monthly, From March 2011 to April 2017

Trends for the total, retail, and core retail series have generally been rising since these series began in October 2002.

In actual terms, card-holders made 134 million transactions across all industries in April 2017, with an average value of $49. The total amount spent across all transactions was $6.6 billion.

For more detailed data see the Excel tables in the 'Downloads' box.

Imputation of missing data

As outlined in Electronic Card Transactions: January 2016, Stats NZ has imputed for some missing data for the durables industry. We are currently reviewing this methodology.

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