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Electronic Card Transactions: August 2011
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  09 September 2011
Key facts

These statistics are based on electronic card transactions during August 2011. Figures are seasonally adjusted unless otherwise stated. See the 'Technical notes' for industry descriptors.

 Changes in the value of transactions (compared with July 2011) were as follows:
  • Total electronic card transactions were down (0.5 percent).
  • Transactions in the retail industries were down (0.7 percent).
  • Transactions in the core retail industries were down (1.0 percent).
  • The largest decrease was in the durables industry; the largest increase was in fuel retailing.
The actual (not seasonally adjusted) value of transactions in the core retail series was up 7.2 percent from August 2010.

 

The seasonally adjusted value of total electronic card transactions decreased 0.5 percent in August 2011. The value of transactions fell in five industry groups, with fuel retailing recording the only significant rise.

Core retail (which excludes the motor vehicle-related industries) was down 1.0 percent in August 2011. This follows increases in both June and July. There were falls in all core industry groups this month, with durables (down 2.4 percent) showing the largest fall. 

When the two vehicle-related industries are included, the value of transactions in retail decreased 0.7 percent. Fuel retailing was up 1.6 percent in August 2011 after falls in each of the preceding three months. These falls came after eight consecutive monthly rises.

When the two industries that fall outside retail (non-retail and services) are included, the total value of transactions decreased 0.5 percent.

Trends for the value of transactions in the total and retail series have been increasing since January 2009, but have flattened in recent months. The core retail trend has generally been increasing since the series began in October 2002, but has eased gradually since April 2011.

 Geoff Bascand  9 September 2011
 Government Statistician  ISSN 1178-0258
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