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Electronic Card Transactions: February 2010
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  09 March 2010
Key facts

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

 Changes in the value of transactions (compared with January 2010) were as follows:
  • Transactions in the core retail industries were flat (down 0.2 percent).
  • Transactions in the retail industries were down (0.4 percent).
  • Total electronic card transactions were down (0.3 percent).
  • By industry group, durables and non-retail had the largest decreases.

The actual (not seasonally adjusted) value of transactions in the core retail series was up 2.6 percent from February 2009.


Core retail, retail, and total transactions were all down slightly in February 2010. Core retail (which excludes the motor vehicle-related industries) was flat, down just 0.2 percent compared with January 2010. This decrease reflects flat or falling sales in all the core retail industries, except consumables. Core retail also decreased 0.2 percent in January 2010.

Transactions in the retail industries were down 0.4 percent in February 2010. Fuel retailing declined 1.3 percent ($7 million) after being the main contributor to increases in the retail series from August 2009 to January 2010.

When the non-retail industries are included, the total value of transactions was down 0.3 percent. The non-retail industries were down 1.3 percent ($14 million) in February 2010. 

Trends for the value of transactions in the core retail, retail, and total series have all been increasing since January 2009, although at different rates:

  • the core retail trend has eased gradually since April 2009 and is now flat, up just 0.1 percent in each of the last four months 
  • the retail series has increased a total of 4.4 percent since January 2009, but the rate of increase has eased following a 0.6 percent increase in October 2009
  • for the total series, the growth rate has been steady, averaging 0.4 percent per month since February 2009.  
Geoff Bascand

9 March 2010

Government Statistician

ISSN 1178-0258
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