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Electronic Card Transactions: August 2017
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  11 September 2017
Key facts

All figures are seasonally adjusted unless otherwise specified.

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

Changes in the seasonally adjusted value of retail transactions for August 2017 (compared with July 2017) were:

  • Spending in the retail industries fell 0.2 percent.
  • Spending in the core retail industries fell 0.2 percent.

By industry the movements were:

  • consumables, up $3.3 million (0.2 percent)
  • fuel, up $2.1 million (0.4 percent), after a 6 percent fall in July 2017
  • vehicles (excluding fuel), up $1.6 million (0.9 percent)
  • apparel, up $0.2 million (0.1 percent)
  • hospitality, down $1 million (0.1 percent)
  • durables, down $1.4 million (0.1 percent).

The total value of electronic card spending, including the two non-retail industries (services, and other non-retail), was up 0.6 percent in August. This follows a 0.6 percent fall in July 2017.

The non-retail (excluding services) industry rose $19 million (1.3 percent) and the services industry was up $2 million (0.8 percent).

In actual terms, cardholders made 139 million transactions across all industries in August 2017, with an average value of $48. The total amount spent across all transactions was $6.7 billion.

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 1178-0258
11 September 2017

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