Retail spending using electronic cards has risen, with people swiping more for items such as clothing, as well as dining out.
Official figures show spending using debit, credit and charge cards rose a seasonally-adjusted 0.7 percent in February, after a small rise the month before.
Core retail spending, which strips out vehicle-related industries, climbed 1.2 percent.
The rise in spending was helped by people purchasing clothing and big-ticket items around the home, but also in bars, restaurants and cafes.
Meanwhile, spending on fuel fell last month.
The e-card sales, which cover credit and debit cards, but don't include cash or cheques, make up about two-thirds of overall retail sales.