Cyprus credit card transactions in January increased by 6%, reflecting stable consumer confidence while online payments to the state did not play a significant role in the rise.
According to the latest JCC data, the value of Cyprus credit card spending in the domestic market increased by 6% in January to €413.6 mln compared to the same month last year.
The sectors that witnessed the largest volumes were professional services, utility payments, restaurants, bars, hotels and entertainment.
Meanwhile, there was no notable decline in plastic money spent in any sector.
Sales and cash withdrawals of Cypriots with credit cards abroad, including online purchases, was up 13% to €167.7 mln in January.
Foreign card transactions (sales) increased by 25% in January to €80.09 mln.
Cyprus cards used in Turkey and the occupied north of the island reached €1.78 mln last month.
Transactions with Turkish cards in the Cyprus Republic stood at €1.65 mln for the first month of the year.
A staggering €3.93 bln was spent in 2019 up 11% from €3.53 bln the year before. This followed a whopping increase of 33% in 2018 and in 2017 the increase was 13%.