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Electronic Card Transactions: September 2017
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  10 October 2017
Key facts

All figures are seasonally adjusted unless otherwise specified. Seasonally adjusted figures are subject to revision each month, and monthly movements can fluctuate.

Values are only available at the national level, and are not adjusted for price changes.

September quarter

Changes in the value of retail transactions for the September 2017 quarter (compared with the June 2017 quarter) were:

  • spending in the retail industries fell 0.1 percent
  • spending in the core retail industries rose 0.9 percent.

By industry the movements were:

  • fuel, down $129 million (7.1 percent)
  • consumables, up $29 million (0.5 percent)
  • hospitality, up $26 million (0.9 percent)
  • vehicles (excluding fuel), up $11 million (2.1 percent)
  • apparel, up $7.7 million (0.8 percent)
  • durables, up $5.8 million (0.2 percent).

The total value of electronic card spending, including the two non-retail industries (services and other non-retail), was up 0.4 percent in September. This follows a 0.8 percent rise in the June 2017 quarter.

The non-retail (excluding services) industry rose $55 million (1.3 percent) and the services industry was up $24 million (3.0 percent).

In actual terms, retail spending using electronic cards was $14.7 million in the September 2017 quarter, up $437 (3.1 percent) from the September 2016 quarter.

September month

Changes in the value of retail transactions for the September 2017 month (compared with the August 2017 month) were:
  • spending in the retail industries rose 0.1 percent
  • spending in the core retail industries fell 0.2 percent.

 

 

By industry the movements were:

  • durables, down $15 million (1.2 percent)
  • apparel, down $3.3 million (1.1 percent)
  • hospitality, down $1.9 million (0.2 percent)
  • vehicles (excluding fuel), down $0.1 million (0.1 percent)
  • fuel, up $5.2 million (0.9 percent)
  • consumables, up $15 million (0.8 percent).

The total value of electronic card spending, including the two non-retail industries (services and other non-retail), fell 0.1 percent in September. This follows a 0.6 percent rise in August 2017.

The non-retail (excluding services) industry rose $8.5 million (0.6 percent) and the services industry fell $2.3 million (0.9 percent).

In actual terms, cardholders made 137 million transactions across all industries in September 2017, with an average value of $48. The total amount spent across all transactions was $6.6 billion.

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 1178-0258
10 October 2017

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