CARPINTERIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa consumer and commercial credit, debit, and prepaid cards issued in the U.S. combined to generate $4.077 trillion in spending at merchants in 2013, up 7.9% from 2012, according to the annual report on U.S. General Purpose Credit Cards, published in the most recent issue of The Nilson Report, the top trade newsletter covering the card and mobile payment systems industries.
Debit cards carrying the Visa brands generated $1.187 trillion in purchase volume last year. This was up 7.3% from 2012, and comprised more spending at merchants than any other debit or credit product available from other brands.
“Visa debit cards remain the most popular payment method of American consumers, followed by Visa credit cards,” said David Robertson, Publisher of The Nilson Report. Visa credit cards generated $1.079 trillion in spending at merchants last year, up 9.9% over 2012.
American Express’s $633.29 billion in credit card purchase volume was up 7.8% last year. Figures include the results from cards issued by network partners. Amex remained the second largest credit card brand in the U.S., a position it achieved for the first time in 2011.
MasterCard debit card purchase volume totaled $491.07 billion, up 9.5%, while MasterCard credit card purchase volume rose 4.9% to $560.12 billion.
Discover Card purchase volume rose 3.9% to $127.11 billion.
As of December 31, 2013, there were 1.14 billion general purpose credit, debit, and prepaid cards in circulation in the United States.
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