articles | 05 August 2019

Cyprus credit card spending spikes 16% in July 2019

A strong 16% increase was recorded in credit card transactions in July 2019, reflecting consumer confidence while tax and other online payments to the state played a significant part in the upswing.

According to new JCC data, the value of Cyprus credit card transactions in the domestic market increased by 16% in July to €415 million compared to last year.

In the first seven months (January to July) €2.2 billion has been spent using credit cards, an increase of 20% annually. This follows on from an overall 33% hike in 2018.

The sectors that witnessed the largest volumes were government payments, utilities, supermarkets, restaurants, bars. Meanwhile, there was a decrease in plastic money spent at Do-It-Yourself & Household stores.

Government sector increases were due to the Inland Revenue Department payments and without these payments, the total monthly increase would be reduced to 7% for July.

Sales and cash withdrawals of Cypriots with credit cards abroad, including online purchases, was up 10% to €172.5 million in July.

Foreign card transactions (sales) increased 22% in July to €155.3 million – for the year to date it was also up 18% to €695 million.

Cyprus cards used in Turkey and the occupied north of the island reached €2.6 million in July and a combined €14.9 million for the first seven months.

Source: Financial Mirror

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