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Electronic Card Transactions: September 2009
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  09 October 2009
Key facts

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

New time series data by industry group are now available in the tables of this release.

 Changes in the value of transactions (compared with August 2009) were as follows:
  • Total electronic card transactions were up (0.4 percent).
  • The retail industries were up (0.7 percent).
  • The core retail industries were up (0.4 percent).
  • By industry group, the main contributors to the increase were automotive fuel retailing, consumables, and services.

The actual (not seasonally adjusted) value of transactions in the core retail series was up 3.2 percent from September 2008.

 

After adjusting for seasonal effects, the total value of electronic card transactions increased 0.4 percent in September 2009 compared with August 2009. The industries contributing the most to this increase were automotive fuel retailing, consumables, and services.

The value of transactions in the retail industries rose 0.7 percent in September 2009, with automotive fuel retailing (up 2.4 percent) the biggest contributor. Core retailing (which excludes the motor vehicle-related industries) saw a smaller increase of 0.4 percent, with contributions from the consumables and services industries (up 0.4 and 3.7 percent, respectively).

Trends for the value of transactions in the total, retail, and core retail series have all been increasing since January 2009. The trend in total transactions has been rising at an average monthly rate of 0.4 percent since then, while core retail has risen at an average of 0.3 percent. For the retail series, latest figures indicate the trend may have picked up in the last two months.

Geoff Bascand 9 October 2009

Government Statistician

ISSN 1178-0258
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