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MasterCard SpendingPulse

Mastercard SpendingPulse sees 15% retail sales growth on Black Friday

Mastercard SpendingPulse sees 15% retail sales growth on Black Friday

PURCHASE, N.Y. — According to the recent Mastercard SpendingPulse, U.S. retail sales excluding automotive is expected to grow to over 15% on Black Friday compared to last year. Mastercard SpendingPulse measures in-store and online retail sales across all forms of payment and is not adjusted for inflation. With many big-box retailers, department stores and outlet

Mastercard SpendingPulse reports 9% sales gain

Mastercard SpendingPulse reports 9% sales gain

PURCHASE, N.Y. — U.S. retail sales excluding automotive and gas rose 9.0% year-over-year in July, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse, which said rising prices—particularly for necessities such as food and fuel—were a contributing factor. Mastercard SpendingPulse, which measures in-store and online retail sales across all forms of payment, reflects nominal spending and is not adjusted for

Higher prices help fuel sales gains in June

Higher prices help fuel sales gains in June

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Higher prices, particularly for such necessities as food and fuel, helped drive a 9.5% year-over-year retail sales increase in June. That figure is courtesy of  Mastercard SpendingPulse, which measures in-store and online retail sales across all forms of payment, and excludes automotive sales. When spending on gasoline is also excluded, retail sales

MasterCard: Retail sales still strong in April

MasterCard: Retail sales still strong in April

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Monthly retail sales growth continued to be strong in April, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse, which reported that total retail sales (excluding auto) for the month were up 7.2% year-over-year. Mastercard SpendingPulse, which measures in-store and online retail sales across all forms of payment, also found that April sales increased 15.3% compared to

Mastercard SpendingPulse: Feb. sales rise 8.7%

Mastercard SpendingPulse: Feb. sales rise 8.7%

PURCHASE, N.Y. — U.S. consumer spending maintained its positive momentum in February, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse, which found that overall retail sales (excluding auto) increased 8.7% year-over-year and were up 17.3% compared to pre-pandemic (2019) spending levels. This is slightly above January growth. In-store spending grew 10% in February compared to the same month last

January U.S. retail sales up 7.2%

January U.S. retail sales up 7.2%

PURCHASE, N.Y. — 2022 kicked off with gains across nearly all retail sectors, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse, which measures in-store and online retail sales across all forms of payment. This January, U.S. retail sales excluding auto increased 7.2% year-over-year (YOY), with online sales growing 10.4% compared to January 2021. Despite the shadow of Omicron and elevated inflation, consumer spending was buoyed by

U.S. retail sales grew 8.5% this holiday season

U.S. retail sales grew 8.5% this holiday season

PURCHASE, N.Y. — It’s been a resurgent season for retailers as consumers stocked their carts with gifts and gadgets. According to Mastercard SpendingPulse, holiday retail sales excluding automotive increased 8.5% year-over-year this holiday season, running from November 1 through December 24. Notably, online sales grew 11.0% compared to the same period last year, the preliminary insights show.

Holiday shopping study shows consumers prefer going online

Holiday shopping study shows consumers prefer going online

PURCHASE, N.Y. — While consumers are returning to their in-store shopping routines, according to a recent Mastercard survey, 56% of shoppers are continuing to prioritize online shopping this holiday season, citing waiting in lines (72%), finding parking (65%), and items being out of stock (47%) as primary reasons. Survey data also shows that when selecting

Study: Consumers plan to shop local this holiday season

Study: Consumers plan to shop local this holiday season

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Consumers are shopping with intention this holiday season and prioritizing small and local businesses, according to a new Mastercard survey. In response to this growing desire to support Main Street and shop with meaning, Mastercard is rewarding cardholders when shopping local through a series of holiday campaigns in select cities nationwide. According

Holiday retail sales projected to grow 7.4%

Holiday retail sales projected to grow 7.4%

PURCHASE, N.Y. – U.S. retail sales should hit an all-time high this holiday season, with consumer spending between November 1 and Christmas Eve increasing 7.4% from a year earlier, according to a forecast released today from Mastercard SpendingPulse. The forecast – which doesn’t include a dollar projection and excludes automotive spending – foresees this year’s

MasterCard SpendingPulse found in-store sales gains in July

MasterCard SpendingPulse found in-store sales gains in July

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Retail sales in the U.S. grew for the 11th consecutive month in July, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse,  a survey that measures in-store and online retail sales across all forms of payment. Sales for the month increased 10.9% compared to July 2020. That figure, which excludes automotive sales and gasoline, is nearly quadruple the

Retail sales in February up despite bad weather

Retail sales in February up despite bad weather

PURCHASE, N.Y. — U.S. retail sales grew 4.6% in February despite winter storms that blasted much of the country, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse. Online sales grew 54.7% compared to 2020. Mastercard SpendingPulse, measures in-store and online retail sales across all forms of payment, notes that its sales figures for February were adjusted to account for

Mastercard says holiday retail sales to grow 2.4%

Mastercard says holiday retail sales to grow 2.4%

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Retailers and shoppers have gotten an early start on this year’s holiday shopping season, and that should help lift overall sales. During this newly expanded holiday season, running from October 11 through December 24, Mastercard SpendingPulse is forecasting a 2.4% increase in U.S. retail sales (excluding automotive and gas) compared to the

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