Dreary weather boost for retailers

MATTHEW LITTLEWOOD
Last updated 05:00 09/01/2014

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The tills were ringing at a steady rate in South Canterbury shops over the holidays, with the weather one of the driving factors.

The latest South Canterbury figures, released by Paymark yesterday, revealed it processed $86.7 million in transactions last month, up 4.2 per cent on the same period last year.

Timaru Retailers' Association chairman Keith McRobie said local businesses felt a bit more confident recently.

"I think the bad weather over Christmas actually brought more people through the shop doors," he said.

"People didn't have much else to do but shop. If the weather were finer, people would have made their way to the lakes or further north."

Mr McRobie said the post-Christmas period had been settled.

Paymark also recorded 1.5 million transactions in South Canterbury last month, up 4.3 per cent on the same period last year.

Nationwide, the spending was even stronger. Auckland (36.8 million transactions at $2.015 billion, up 8.1 per cent) and Gisborne (1.05 million transactions at $49.6m, up 9.9 per cent) were among the big movers.

Paymark's Paul Whiston said sporting equipment stores, footwear retailers and jewellery shops recorded high growth nationwide.

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- The Timaru Herald

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