13th September 2021 By Staff Reporter | email@example.com | @foodtickernz
Retail card spending in New Zealand fell 19.8% in August compared with July reflecting reduced spending especially on services as the country went into lockdown mid-month, according to Stats NZ.
The consumables category, which includes groceries, liquor, and specialised food, was the only spending category that saw an increase in card spending over the month rising $216m or 9.3%.
Within consumables, supermarket and grocery stores were the big winner up $240m or 12.4%, specialised food was down $46m or 22.1% and liquor was down $44m or about a quarter – all compared with the previous month.
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