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Dec 2012 | Issue 1008
Consumer Payment Systems in the U.S.
Personal consumption expenditures in the U.S. of $10.729 trillion in 2011 included purchases of goods and services, which accounted for 77.8%.

Nov 2012 | Issue 1006
Payment Cards Issued Worldwide
Cards in circulation numbered 8.91 billion in 2006. By 2011, there were 13.45 billion payment cards worldwide. That figure will reach 18.28 billion by 2016. UnionPay, Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, American Express, JCB, Discover, and Diners.

Oct 2012 | Issue 1004
Top Manufacturers of Payment Cards Worldwide
Producers of high-security-type payment cards manufactured in 2011 are ranked on pages 10, 11, and 12. Chip cards accounted for 28.9% of the total. CPI Card, Gemalto, Giesecke & Devrient, Perfect, Oberthur, Morpho, Versatile, Valid, IntelCav, and AbaciCard.

Sep 2012 | Issue 1003
POS Terminal Shipments by Region
The 52 largest manufacturers of payment card authorization terminals are ranked on pages 8 and 9. Shipments of 17.2 million terminals worldwide increased 14.4% in 2011.

Aug 2012 | Issue 1002
Purchase Volume in Middle East/Africa
Total spending at merchants exceeded $187 billion and increased more than 24% over the prior year. The region's 144 million payment cards generated 2.36 billion transactions. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Diners Club.

Jul 2012 | Issue 1001
Top Ten U.S. Issuers of Commercial Cards
More than 60 issuers of Visa and MasterCard commercial credit and debit cards are listed on page 9. Products include purchasing, T&E, fleet, and prepaid (payroll, benefits, incentives, etc.). Chase, Bank of America, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, Capital One, PNC, Comerica, Comdata, and BMO Harris.

Jun 2012 | Issue 1000
U.S. Household Debt and Credit Cards
Credit card debt at the end of 2011 equaled 6.34% of total household debt. Card debt, as a percentage of total consumer credit, was at its lowest level since 1991.

May 2012 | Issue 999
Purchase Volume at Merchants on U.S. General Purpose Cards
The 100 largest issuers of credit, debit, and prepaid cards are ranked on pages 10 and 11 based on spending at merchants. Credit cards equaled 53% of purchases at merchants in 2011.

Apr 2012 | Issue 998
Purchase Transactions on Global Cards 2011
Debit and prepaid cards generated more than 54% of all payment card transactions at merchants in 2011. The total number of cards in circulation reached 6.54 billion at year-end. Brands include Visa, MasterCard, American Express, UnionPay, JCB, and Diners Club.

Mar 2012 | Issue 997
Purchase Transactions at Top U.S. Acquirers 2011
The 10 largest U.S. merchant acquirers handled $3.229 trillion in purchases in 2011 from more than 60 billion transactions generated by credit, debit, and prepaid cards. Companies include First Data, BAMS, Vantiv, Chase Paymentech, WorldPay, Heartland, Global Payments, Elavon, Wells Fargo, and TSYS.

Feb 2012 | Issue 995
Purchase Volume at Merchants in the U.S.
In 2011 American Express overtook MasterCard to gain second place among general purpose credit card brands in the U.S. based on spending at merchants.

Jan 2012 | Issue 995
American Express Volume in the U.S. 2005-2011
Total volume of purchases at merchants combined with cash advances generated by cards issued directly by American Express in the U.S. increased by 12.7% to $520.52 billion.