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Electronic Card Transactions: June 2009
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  09 July 2009
Key Facts
These statistics are based on electronic card transactions during June 2009. Figures are seasonally adjusted unless otherwise stated. See the technical notes for industry descriptors.

Changes in the value of transactions (compared with May 2009) were as follows:
  • Total electronic card transactions were down 0.4 percent.
  • The retail industries were down 1.0 percent.
  • The core retail industries were down 1.2 percent.
  • By industry group: all core retail industries except consumables were down; the non-retail and motor vehicle-related industries were up slightly.
  • The actual (not seasonally adjusted) value of transactions in the core retail industries was up 3.6 percent from June 2008.

The core retail Electronic Card Transaction (ECT) series (which excludes the motor vehicle-related industries) decreased 1.2 percent in June 2009 compared with May 2009. This follows a 1.1 percent increase in May.

The durables industry was the main contributor to the June decrease. There were smaller falls in all other core retail industries, except for the consumables industry, which was unchanged from May 2009.

The values of transactions in the retail and total ECT series were down 1.0 percent and 0.4 percent, respectively, in June. These decreases were dominated by the decline in core retail, and occurred despite small rises in the non-retail and motor vehicle-related industries.

The trends for the total and core retail series continued to increase in June though at slightly slower rates than for March and April 2009. Latest figures indicate that the growth rate for the retail series has flattened. However, the retail trend estimate may be revised and should be used with caution until more data points are available.

Annual credit card use as a proportion of the total value of transactions continues to decline (with a corresponding increase in debit card use). Credit cards accounted for 45.2 percent of transactions in the year to June 2009, which was the ninth consecutive month to show a decrease in the annualised total.

Geoff Bascand 9 July 2009

Government Statistician

ISSN 1178-0258
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