An unusually cold Hawke’s Bay Christmas could be one reason why consumer spending last month was more than $8.34 million up on the year before – and why a Hastings cinema was able to break a “milestone” record.
Statistics from Paymark, which processes about 75 per cent of all electronic transactions, shows that in December the company processed $171.8m of credit and debit card transactions in Hawke’s Bay – marking a 5.1 per cent increase on the same month in 2016.
The total of credit and debit card transactions processed increased 4.7 per cent to 3.65 million for the month.
A Paymark spokesman said the busiest buying day of the month fell on Friday, December 22.
“Normally it’s Christmas Eve but in a year when Christmas Day falls on a Monday the top day tends to be the Friday before and this year was no different.”
Photo: Duty manager Julie Maiga, cafe assistant Cassie Hammond and assistant manager Rachel Beard of Focal Point Cinema in Hastings, which had a record breaking festive period. Photo/Paul Taylor
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Posted: 13 January 2018