NZ shoppers set Christmas record

Kiwis are going crazy on last-minute Christmas shopping today, with a record number of transactions at stores around the country.

Just-released Paymark figures show the peak transaction rate for the year - 148 per second, recorded at 12.24pm today - is the highest rate ever and was a significant rise from last year's peak of 132 transactions per second.

Paymark Head of Sales and Marketing Paul Whiston said the final days of spending before Christmas have continued the positive month of growth so far.

"Yesterday was recorded as the second highest spending day ever, with $235 million through the tills, and was also 42.8 per cent up on the previous Monday."

- Lydia Anderson of APNZ

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