Statistics New Zealand has released seasonally adjusted debit and credit card spending figures for April, placing consumables such as groceries and liquor at the top of the list.
Overall April spending sat at $551 million, up seven percent from March thanks to the transition to the Orange Traffic Light setting just before Easter. Core retail (consumables, durables, hospitality and apparel) saw the strongest increase of 7.4 percent, with consumables contributing a total of $118 million.
Greater freedoms over April saw Kiwis enjoying the long weekends and school holidays.
Total spending on electronic cards was at $8.1 billion, up 2.9 percent from the same time last year.