New Zealand's retail spending on electronic bank cards climbed 0.8 percent in February, as consumers appear to be becoming more confident.
New Zealanders increased plastic card spending at a faster rate in January than in December, but Paymark says it's still tough for some retailers.
The total spend for December crept up a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent from November on the Paymark network.
New Zealand retail spending on electronic cards rose as expected last month, led by fuel, motor vehicle related spending and durables.
New Zealanders' credit and debit card spending increased for a third consecutive month in June, led by an increase in hospitality and consumable purchases.
New Zealanders spent less on their credit and debit cards last month.
New Zealand credit card spending rose in February, adding to signs that kiwis may be becoming less gloomy.
Americans are making a little more money and spending a lot more.
Senior public servants have been told to cut back on their hospitality and entertainment expenses.
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