Yesterday's manic Boxing Day
sales were the busiest ever, according to new Paymark
Paymark, which processes around three quarters of New
Zealand's electronic transactions, saw a 12 per cent increase
in spending on Boxing Day - an additional $14.4 million in
retailers' pockets compared to the same day last year.
It follows record-breaking sales on Christmas Eve, with
$238.4m through the network, 18.5 per cent up on the same day
in 2012, said Paymark Head of Sales & Marketing, Paul
"Christmas Eve this year smashed all our records. Not only
did we see the highest value through the network ever, we
also saw the highest number of transactions - at 4.35 million
- and the largest number of transactions per second."
For Boxing Day, deals at clothing and jewellery stores (+16.5
per cent), appliance and whiteware stores (+16.6 per cent),
electronics retailers (+12 per cent), and floor covering and
furniture stores (+17.5 per cent) brought the shoppers in.
- By Lydia Anderson of