Consumer Payment Card News

How Many Card Purchases on do Americans Make on Credit Cards and Debit Cards?

Americans currently use Visa-branded and Mastercard-branded credit/charge cards to make 33 billion (32,958 million) card purchases annually. About 63 billion (63,050 million) purchases are made annually on Visa-branded and Mastercard-branded debit/prepaid cards.

Card Purchases

Totally, Americans make 96 billion (96,016 million) purchases annually with Visa and Mastercard Credit/Charge Cards and Debit/Prepaid Cards.

U.S. Payment Card Purchases

CardData reports U.S. payment card purchase transactions for Visa and Mastercard (debit+credit) hit 25,141 million in 4Q/18, compared to a revised 24,442 million in 3Q/18, and a revised 22,944 million for 4Q/17.

RAM Research notes Visa and Mastercard purchase transactions (PTX) for credit and debit cards in the U.S. grew by 9.6% year-on-year (YOY) in the fourth quarter (4Q/18) compared to a 9.3% YOY gain in the third quarter. The growth was driven by Mastercard credit and debit cards.

Credit Card Purchases

U.S. purchase transactions for Visa and Mastercard credit cards grew by 9.3% YOY for 4Q/18, compared to a YOY gain of 9.3% for 3Q/18. U.S. PTX for credit cards for 4Q/18 was 8,814 million for 4Q/18, compared to a revised 8,468 million for the prior quarter and a revised 8,061 million in the year ago quarter, according to CardData,

Debit Card Purchases

In the third quarter U.S. purchase transactions for Visa and Mastercard debit cards were up 9.7% YOY, compared to a YOY gain of 9.3% for 3Q/18. U.S. PTX for credit cards was 16,327 million, compared to a revised 15,974 million for the prior quarter and a revised 14,883 million in the year ago quarter, according to CardFlash.

Looking forward CardTrak reports consumer confidence remains strong in the U.S.