Retailers draw in the shoppers
Boxing Day was lucrative for South Canterbury retailers with an extra $2 million swiped across eftpos machines, Paymark figures reveal.
That equates to around $38 for every person in the region, according to Statistics New Zealand estimated population data.
The amount spent was an extra $200,000 on the previous year - a growth of 10.3 per cent, according to Paymark, that monitors electronic transactions.
Timaru Retail Association chairman Keith McRobie said there were "certainly a lot of punters" on Stafford St on Wednesday.
"It was noticeably quieter today," he said yesterday.
It was a positive end to the year.
"I think retailers in South Canterbury have had a pretty good Christmas and post-Christmas period.
"Hopefully it's a good indication for the year ahead."
He said chain stores such as Farmers and Smiths City had done particularly well.
Nationally there was a significant growth in electronics sales, including computers and phones, with sales up 31.7 per cent on last year.
Gisborne saw the highest spending growth, up 22.9 per cent to $1.3 million.
Paymark head of sales and marketing Paul Whiston said all the smaller regions showed strong growth.
The Timaru Herald