In order to contribute to the identification of changes in the consumption habits of the Portuguese, in specific periods such as the Santos Populares celebrations, SIBS releases a set of indicators and aggregate data in an infographic format, in a clear and factual way, and with comparisons with previous periods.
As you can see in the attached infographic, and based on data from SIBS Analytics, the number of transactions (withdrawals, payments and purchases with MB WAY) on the nights of Santos Populares (between eight pm and six am, in the municipalities where they were celebrated) increased 34% compared to the same period in 2022. MB WAY transactions almost doubled in this period, having registered a 96% growth, while the number of withdrawals increased 22% and payments rose 36%.
By analyzing the different nights of Santos Populares in the municipalities where they are celebrated, it is possible to see that it was on São João’s Eve (June 23/24) that we saw the largest growth in operations. The number of payments with MB WAY increased 131%, more than doubling, while the number of withdrawals increased 23% over the same period with an average value of 44 euros, and payments grew 63% with an average value of 24 euros. As for visitors from other parts of the country, the podium was composed by Lisbon (37%), Aveiro (10%) and Coimbra (9%).
On the night of Santo António (June 12/13) most visitors came from Porto (18%), Leiria and Santarém (11%) and Faro (11%). The number of payments with MB WAY on this night doubled compared to the same period in 2022, while the number of withdrawals rose 24% with an average value of 45 euros and payments grew 30% with an average value of 25 euros.
On the night of São Pedro (June 28/29), payments through MB WAY registered once again the highest growth compared to the other operations analyzed: they advanced 79% compared to the same period last year. The number of withdrawals rose 9% with an average value of 53 euros and payments increased 25% with an average value of 28 euros. On this night, most visitors arrived from Lisbon (33%), followed by Setúbal (12%) and Beja (11%).
Looking at the variation of operations in the early hours of the morning in relation to the daily average of the month of June, on the night of São João there was an increase of 270%, at four am, in relation to the daily average of the month at the same time and municipalities and, in regards to Santo António and São Pedro this peak of variation was at two am with an increase of seventy nine percent and eighty one percent.
Other relevant indicators considered can be analyzed in the appendix and also on the website www.sibsanalytics.com.