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Electronic Card Transactions: March 2013
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  10 April 2013
Key facts

Changes in the seasonally adjusted value of transactions (compared with February 2013) were:

  • Total electronic card transactions fell 1.2 percent.
  • Transactions in the retail industries fell 0.5 percent.
  • Transactions in the core retail industries fell 0.8 percent.

Graph, Value of retail electronic card transactions, monthly, March 2008 to March 2013.

This is the first decrease after five months of increases.

Good Friday and Easter Sunday occured in March in 2013. This resulted in two fewer trading days compared with a typical March month.

The actual (unadjusted) value of transactions in the core retail series was up 2.8 percent from March 2012.  

Geoff Bascand 10 April 2013
Government Statistician  ISSN 1178-0258

 

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