Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, purchases made with credit and debit cards registered a decrease in Brazil, according to a research by the Brazilian card association Elo, and reported by Folha de S.Paulo.
The survey points out that these types of transaction decreased since quarantines began in gas stations (-31%), bars and restaurants (-59%), clothing (-78%) and tourism (-80%).
On the other hand, card transactions registered growth in supermarkets (+25%) and pharmacies (+10%). The analysis on changes in card spending patterns was made from March 19 to April 1 and compared to the period between January 5 and February 22 in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the two largest cities in Brazil.
was the decreased registered in ecommerce sales. However, there is growth in online transactions for some segments: bars and restaurants increased ecommerce sales with cards (+106%), supermarkets (+45%), retail (+13%) and pharmacies (+5%).