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Electronic Card Transactions: January 2016
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  10 February 2016

All figures are seasonally adjusted unless otherwise specified.

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 0.3 percent in January 2016, following a 0.1 percent rise in December 2015.

Three of the six retail industries had increases in January 2016. The largest increases were from the hospitality industry, up $10 million (1.2 percent), and durables industry, up $10 million (0.8 percent). The biggest fall was in fuel, down $12 million (2.0 percent).

Change in seasonally adjusted retail card spending, monthly, December 2015 to January 2016.

Core retail spending (which excludes the vehicle-related industries) rose 0.6 percent in January 2016, following no change in December 2015.

The total value of electronic card spending, including the two non-retail industries (services, and other non-retail), was up 0.6 percent in January. This follows a rise of 0.4 percent in December 2015.

Value of electronic card retail transactions, monthly, January 2013 to January 2016.

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 127 million transactions across all industries in January 2016, with an average value of $51. The total amount spent across all transactions was $6.4 billion.

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

Revisions to the published data

Statistics New Zealand was recently advised of some missing data for the October, November, and December 2015 months. This data was in the durables industry. As we have not been able to source this data from our suppliers, we have used standard statistical techniques to impute for the missing information, and revised our time series. We will continue to impute for this data until a data supplier can be confirmed.

For example, the data that we imputed for the December 2015 month represents approximately 4.0 percent of the durables total and 1.2 percent of total retail.

See revisions for more information.


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