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