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Global Cards—2019

Cards carrying the brands of American Express, Diners Club/Discover, JCB, Mastercard, UnionPay, and Visa combined generated 440.99 billion purchase transactions for goods and services in 2019, an increase of 19.4% over 2018. Purchase transactions included all consumer, small business, and commercial credit, debit, and prepaid products. (Prepaid cards are included with debit cards.)

Visa cards accounted for 42.06% of all global brand general purpose card purchase transactions worldwide in 2019, down 289 basis points (bps) from 44.95% in 2018. Debit cards from Visa generated 26.42% of worldwide purchase transactions, down 148 bps from 27.89%. Credit cards with the Visa brand accounted for 15.65%, a decline of 141 bps from 17.06%.

UnionPay brand cards generated 29.75% of global brand general purpose card purchase transactions, up 314 bps from 26.61%. Credit cards with the UnionPay brand generated 14.03%, up 33 bps from 13.70%. UnionPay debit cards held a 15.72% share, up 281 bps from 12.91%.

Mastercard cards generated 24.57% of the…

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Purchase volume for goods and services for cards carrying the American Express, Diners Club/Discover, JCB, Mastercard, UnionPay and Visa brands generated $29.780 trillion in 2019, an increase of 8.3%.

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