Consumer confidence remained high in Q2 as Canadians continued to spend on home improvement, retail and restaurants
Canadian consumer spending rose just over six per cent in the second quarter of 2015 on a year-over-year basis, according to the MonerisMetrics Quarterly Report released by Moneris Solutions Corporation (“Moneris”), one of North America’s largest processors of debit and credit payments.
This is the third consecutive quarter in which consumer spending in Canada has increased. This quarter’s growth is on par with the first quarter of 2015, in which consumer spending increased 5.78 per cent.
”The consumer spending trends we witnessed in the first quarter of the year, in particular the strong increases in restaurant, retail and home improvement spending, maintained their momentum throughout the spring.The first half of this year has been great for Canadian businesses, and hopefully sets a positive tone for the balance of the year."
Angela Brown, President and CEO of Moneris
According to Moneris, spending across Canada rose by 6.08 per cent overall, with increases of 6.41 per cent in April, 4.82 per cent in May and 6.65 per cent in June. All provinces posted increases in year-over-year spending during the quarter. British Columbia posted the strongest growth for the second consecutive quarter with a 9.21 per cent increase, followed by Ontario at 8.17 per cent. Alberta posted the smallest increase (1.96 per cent) followed by Quebec (3.69 per cent).
Credit card spending increased by 8.17 per cent over the same quarter last year, holding a 58.84 per cent share of purchases made. Debit sales rose by 3.08 per cent, representing 41.16 per cent of total card spending.
International spending up
Spending on foreign credit cards increased by 14.08 per cent over the second quarter in 2014 – more than double the overall rate of increase.
The low dollar has made Canada a comparatively affordable destination for foreign tourists, particularly our neighbours to the south. With the additional interest rate cut announced last week, this is a trend we expect to continue in the near future.”
Angela Brown, President and CEO of Moneris
Significant gains in restaurant and home improvement spending
Impressive gains in restaurant and home improvement spending suggest consumer confidence remained high in the second quarter of the year. The restaurant category overall posted a 7.82 per cent increase year-over-year. Within the category, fast food restaurants led the way with a 12.54 per cent increase, followed by bars and pubs (7.24 per cent) and dine-in restaurants (5.59 per cent).
A trend from Q1 continued as Canadians spent more on improving their homes this spring. Home improvement stores posted an overall increase of 9.62 per cent. Sales on glass, paint and wallpaper grew by 11.94 per cent, and floorcovering sales grew by 10.32 percent.
Retail sector remains healthy
While all retail categories saw increases year-over-year, stores specializing in women’s accessories posted the biggest gain, growing by 10.10 per cent. Spending in pet stores was up significantly as well, with an 8.80 per cent increase.
Apparel sales were up 5.00 per cent overall, with women’s clothing sales seeing the biggest increase at 7.73 per cent. Spending on sporting apparel increased by 4.53 per cent, followed by family clothing (3.88 per cent) and men’s clothing (3.20 per cent).
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Please see infographic for highlights, including top categories and spending by province.
MonerisMetrics provides information on consumer spending activity in Canada across a range of categories by analyzing credit and debit card transaction data. The percentages cited are derived from actual sales volumes—the dollar values of credit and debit card transactions being processed by Moneris merchants—compared with sales volumes from the prior year.
About Moneris Solutions
As one of North America's largest providers of payment processing solutions, Moneris Solutions Corporation (“Moneris”) offers credit, debit, wireless and online payment services for merchants in virtually every industry segment and processes more than three billion transactions, annually. Moneris also offers electronic loyalty and stored-value gift card programs. With more than 350,000 merchant locations, Moneris provides the hardware, software and systems needed to improve business efficiency and manage payments. For more information please visit www.moneris.com.