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Electronic Card Transactions: December 2010
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  13 January 2011
Key facts

These statistics are based on electronic card transactions during December 2010. Figures are seasonally adjusted unless otherwise stated. See the 'Technical notes' section for industry descriptors.

 Changes in the value of transactions (compared with November 2010) were as follows:
  • Total electronic card transactions were down (1.2 percent).
  • Transactions in the retail industries were down (0.9 percent).
  • Transactions in the core retail industries were down (1.6 percent).
  • By industry group, non-retail (excluding services) and durables had the largest decreases.

The actual (not seasonally adjusted) value of transactions in the core retail series was up 3.9 percent from December 2009.

 

The total value of electronic card transactions was down 1.2 percent in December 2010 when adjusted for seasonal effects. This follows increases of at least 1.0 percent in each of the three preceding months. All industries recorded falls, except for fuel retailing which was up 3.3 percent.

The value of transactions in the retail industries was down 0.9 percent in December 2010, following increases in each of the three previous months.

The value of transactions in core retail (which excludes the motor vehicle-related industries) was down 1.6 percent in December 2010. This fall was led by the durables and consumables industries. Durables decreased 1.2 percent in December, and consumables decreased 0.6 percent.

Trends for the value of transactions in the total and retail series have continued to increase since early 2009. The trend for the core retail series has generally been increasing since the series began in October 2002 but has eased in recent months. 

This month's release implements the 2006 version of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC06). Previously published data have been updated to reflect this change in classification. 

Dallas Welch (Mrs)

13 January 2011

Acting Government Statistician

ISSN 1178-0258
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