The lift in groceries and liquor in March contributed to the rise in total retail card spending in the month, up 1.0 percent, when adjusted for seasonal effects.
“Despite losing a trading day to Good Friday, retail card spending rose in March,” retail manager Sue Chapman said. “The rise was driven by an increase in spending on grocery and liquor retailing, rebounding from a fall in the previous month.”
The dip in February may reflect people hunkering down during two large storms, which hit several parts of the country during the month.
Source: Stats NZ