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MasterCard SpendingPulse

Child tax credit, in-store shoppers drive July sales gain

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

Survey: Retail sales increased 10.9% in July

Survey: Retail sales increased 10.9% 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 grow 23.3% in April

Retail sales grow 23.3% in April

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Total U.S. retail sales had another month of double-digit growth in April, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse, which measures in-store and online retail sales across all forms of payment. U.S. retail sales excluding automotive and gasoline increased 23.3% year-over-year in April, and 10.8% compared to April 2019. Online sales in April grew 19.9%

Retail sales posted double-digit gains in March

Retail sales posted double-digit gains in March

PURCHASE, N.Y. — U.S. retail sales grew by double-digits in March as the nation marked the one-year anniversary of the first lockdowns imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Mastercard SpendingPulse, which measures in-store and online retail sales across all forms of payment, U.S. retail sales excluding automotive and gasoline increased 26.3% year-over-year

Retail sales in February grew despite cold

Retail sales in February grew despite cold

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, which measures in-store and online retail sales across all forms of payment, notes that its sales figures for February were adjusted to account

SpendingPulse: retail sales up 9.2% in January

SpendingPulse: retail sales up 9.2% in January

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Retail sales grew 9.2% in January, with gains across nearly all sectors and in all 50 states, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse, which measures in-store and online retail sales across all forms of payment. U.S. retail sales, excluding automotive and gasoline, increased 9.2% year-over-year, with online sales growing 62.1% compared to 2020, the

Retail sales grew 3% this holiday season

Retail sales grew 3% this holiday season

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Retail sales grew 3% this holiday season, according to preliminary data from Mastercard SpendingPulse, which attributes the size of the increase to an expanded holiday season and strong online sales. Year-over-year sales growth was up 2.4% for the traditional holiday shopping period of November 1 through December 24, according to the study,

Mastercard: Holiday retail sales to grow 2.4%

Mastercard: 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

Online sales the bright spot in holiday selling season

PURCHASE, N.Y. — E-commerce sales hit a record in the 2019 holiday season, helping lift seasonal sales (excluding vehicles) by 3.4% from the year-earlier level, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse. The report noted that e-commerce sales were up 18.8% compared to the 2018 holiday season, though it did not give a dollar figure. E-commerce sales contributed

Retailers see a 3.4% increase in holiday sales

Retailers see a 3.4% increase in holiday sales

PURCHASE, N.Y. – Retailers had much to cheer about this holiday season. According to Mastercard SpendingPulse, holiday retail sales increased 3.4%  with online sales growing 18.8% compared to 2018. Mastercard SpendingPulse provides insights into overall retail spending trends across all payment types, including cash and check. “E-commerce sales hit a record high this year with

Holiday sales inspire optimism

NEW YORK — Robust holiday shopping from before Thanksgiving through Christmas has raised hopes for continued strength in the retail sector. According to Mastercard SpendingPulse, holiday sales increased 5.1% to more than $850 billion — the strongest growth in six years. And online shopping jumped 19.1%, with Amazon reporting record-breaking results. “While we recognize the

Holiday retail sales are strongest in six years

Holiday retail sales are strongest in six years

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Holiday sales increased 5.1% to $850 billion, according to the Mastercard SpendingPulse report, which characterized the season from November 1 through December 24 as retailers’ strongest holiday period in six years. “From shopping aisles to online carts, consumer confidence translated into holiday cheer for retail,” said Steve Sadove, senior adviser for Mastercard.