Shoppers keep up card use

Electronic spending in Marlborough has continued to rise.

Paymark figures released this week showed spending in Marlborough totalled $45.2 million in May this year, compared with $42.2m in May 2013. The number of transactions also increased from 830,000 to 880,000. Electronic spending had increased monthly for almost two years. The last time the value and number of electronic transactions in Marlborough dropped, year-on-year, was in September 2012.

Marlborough Chamber of Commerce general manager Hamish Macfarlane said the continued increase was a direct reflection of the region's economy.

"I would expect it to keep rising and I am reasonably confident that it will."

Marlborough had the highest growth in regional spending in January and February 2014.

Electronic spending also increased in March, but by the lowest rate for more than a year.

April figures placed Marlborough in the top three regions for increases in electronic spending.

The Marlborough Express