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Electronic Card Transactions: March 2009
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  09 April 2009
Key facts

These statistics are based on electronic card transactions during March 2009. Figures are seasonally adjusted unless otherwise stated.

Changes in the value of transactions (compared with February 2009) were as follows:

  • Total electronic card transactions were down 0.5 percent.
  • Transactions in the retail industries were up 0.3 percent.
  • Transactions in the core retail industries were up 0.7 percent.
  • By industry group, automotive fuel retailing, non-retail (services, including travel and health, and wholesaling), and durables (furniture, hardware, and appliance retailing) had falls; all other industries had small rises.

The actual (not seasonally adjusted) value of transactions in the core retail industries was up 1.1 percent from March 2008.

The value of total electronic card transactions decreased 0.5 percent in March 2009 compared with February 2009. During the same period, the value of transactions in the core retail industries (which excludes the motor vehicle-related industries) increased 0.7 percent.

The biggest contributors to the overall decrease were the automotive fuel retailing and non-retail industries – neither of which are part of core retail. There were small rises in all core retail industries except durables.

The value of transactions in the retail industries was up 0.3 percent in March 2009, following a 0.5 percent increase in February 2009. There were small rises in all retail industries except automotive fuel retailing and durables.

Trend series for transactions in the total, retail, and core retail industries are all currently flat. The trends for the total and retail series had been declining since August 2008 but appear to have flattened since January 2009. The core retail trend series has been flat since October 2008. Initial trend estimates may be revised and should be used with caution until more data points are available.

Geoff Bascand
Government Statistician
9 April 2009
ISSN 1178-0258
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