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First Data Releases December 2012 SpendTrend

First Data has released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for the full month of December 2012 compared to December 2011. Consumers stepped back from spending in December as the fiscal cliff debate continued, lingering effects of Super storm Sandy persisted, and the initially less aggressive retail discounting environment for most of the month dampened shopping. Dollar volume growth was 4%, the lowest monthly growth in three years and a steep slowdown from the typical range between 6% and 10%. SpendTrend tracks same store consumer spending by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed loop prepaid cards and checks at U.S. merchant locations.


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