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Electronic Card Transactions: November 2009
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  09 December 2009
Key facts

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

 Changes in the value of transactions (compared with October 2009) were as follows:
  • Total electronic card transactions were flat (down 0.1 percent).
  • Transactions in the retail industries were up (0.7 percent).
  • Transactions in the core retail industries were up slightly (0.3 percent).
  • By industry group, the largest increases were in automotive fuel retailing, apparel, and services.

The actual (not seasonally adjusted) value of transactions in the core retail series was up 1.4 percent from November 2008.


After adjusting for seasonal effects, the value of electronic card transactions in the retail industries increased 0.7 percent in November 2009 compared with October 2009. Automotive fuel retailing was the main contributor to this increase, but there were also smaller rises in the apparel, services, and durables industries.

Transactions in core retail (which excludes the motor vehicle-related industries) also increased in November 2009, by a lesser 0.3 percent. Although most retail industries showed higher sales in November, there were offsetting falls in the consumables and hospitality industries.

When the non-retail industries are included, the total value of transactions was flat (down just 0.1 percent), following the previous flat result (up just 0.1 percent) in October 2009. The non-retail industries were down 1.8 percent in November 2009. 

Trends for the value of transactions in the total, retail, and core retail series have all been increasing since January 2009. Latest figures indicate that the growth rate for the retail series has picked up since July 2009, while the growth rate for the total series appears to have eased considerably in recent months. For the core retail series, the trend has been comparatively flat since May 2009, up 1.1 percent since then.

Geoff Bascand 9 December 2009

Government Statistician

ISSN 1178-0258
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