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Electronic Card Transactions: July 2009
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  11 August 2009
Key Facts

These statistics are based on electronic card transactions during July 2009. Figures are seasonally adjusted unless otherwise stated. See the technical notes for industry descriptors.

 Changes in the value of transactions (compared with June 2009) were as follows:
  • Total electronic card transactions were up 1.2 percent.
  • The retail industries were up 0.8 percent.
  • The core retail industries were up 1.1 percent.
  • By industry group, non-retail and consumables led the increase; the durables and automotive fuel retailing industries were down slightly.

The actual (not seasonally adjusted) value of transactions in the core retail industries was up 4.1 percent from July 2008.

The total Electronic Card Transaction (ECT) series increased 1.2 percent in July 2009 compared with June 2009. This follows a 0.4 percent decrease in June.

The non-retail and the consumables industries were the main contributors to the July increase. The durables and the automotive fuel retailing industries had small falls in July.

The seasonally adjusted values of transactions in the retail and core retail series were up 0.8 percent and 1.1 percent, respectively, in July. These increases were dominated by the consumables industries and followed similar-sized decreases in June.

Trends for the total, retail, and core retail ECT series have all been increasing since January 2009. Latest figures indicate that the growth rate for the retail series has flattened, while for the core retail series the growth rate has slowed. However, the trend estimates may be revised and should be used with caution until more data points are available.

Annual credit card transactions as a proportion of the total value of transactions continues to decline (with a corresponding increase in debit card use). Credit card use accounted for 45.0 percent of transactions in the year to July 2009, which was the 10th consecutive month to show a decrease in the annualised total.

Geoff Bascand 11 August 2009

Government Statistician

ISSN 1178-0258
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