Roaring trade done as shoppers take advantage of Boxing Day sales

If you thought your Boxing Day shopping experience was a bit busier than usual, you're probably not alone.

Boxing Day spending by Kiwis was up by more than 6 percent on last year, with department stores, in particular, going gangbusters, according to Paymark.

The electronic payments company says its network saw $139 million spent on Tuesday, 6.4 percent higher than Boxing Day 2016.

Retail stores did even better, up by 8.3 percent, with department store sales up a whopping 67.9 percent, appliance stores selling 52.7 percent more and home decorating shops up 38.1 percent.

Sales at toy and games stores were up 25.8 percent, while footwear gained 10.1 percent and book shops 9.1 percent.

And those busy days at the shops also translated into business for food businesses, with fast food sales up 16.2 percent compared to December 26, 2016, and restaurants and cafes raking in 9.3 percent more.

But regionally, Auckland only grew by about 3.7 percent and Wellington by 2.4 percent, while some smaller areas received a huge boost. Sales in the West Coast were up 25.7 percent and Marlborough up 24.4 percent on last year.