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We welcome today’s decision by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), regarding our planned acquisition of VocaLink. The thoroughness of the CMA’s review reflects the significance of this deal and its potential for the industry. In its announcement, the CMA noted that it has no concerns related to providing payment infrastructure services to Bacs or …
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“Buy now, pay later” just got an upgrade Understanding that consumers are seeking more control and flexibility in the way they pay, Mastercard developed Mastercard Instalments to bring a fresh repayment option to the marketplace. The service is designed to give cardholders the flexibility and control of paying for purchases at a pace that works …
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For Mastercard World Elite cardholders, travel is about to get an upgrade. Over the past several years, research overwhelmingly indicates that affluent consumers have a deep desire to travel as a family and make memories for a lifetime. In response, Mastercard has begun to roll out a number of new features that deliver cardholders more …
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Enabling Safe, Simple and Secure Online Payments, Simplify Commerce by MasterCard is Now Integrated with Microsoft Dynamics AX in 13 Markets  PURCHASE, N.Y. – June 29, 2016 – MasterCard announced today it will collaborate with Microsoft to bring simple and secure e-commerce payments to Microsoft Dynamics users. Simplify Commerce, a uniquely versatile, highly secure and …
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Simplify Controls Makes It Affordable, Quick and Easy for Businesses to Maximize Online Sales & Protect Themselves from e-Commerce Fraud Purchase, N.Y. – May 23, 2016 – Further delivering on its commitment to fight fraud, MasterCard today launched Simplify Controls, allowing small- and medium-sized businesses to control, prevent and monitor e-commerce transactions in real time. …
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U.S. retail sales saw solid gains this holiday season. According to MasterCard SpendingPulse, which looks at U.S. retail sales trends across cards, cash and checks, retail sales excluding auto and gas grew 7.9% during the traditional Black Friday to Christmas Eve shopping season.

The holiday season is off to a solid start, according to MasterCard SpendingPulse, which looks at U.S. retail sales trends across cards, cash and checks. Retail sales excluding auto and gas grew 4.6 percent in November compared to last year.

The holidays are officially upon us, and MasterCard SpendingPulse is bearing good tides of a healthy spending season. With gas prices remaining low and consumer optimism high, MasterCard SpendingPulse anticipates U.S. retail sales growth of 3.8% for the holiday period compared to 2014 and digs into the big spending trends to watch heading into the holiday season.

If you’re daydreaming about your next vacation, you’re not alone. Americans are spending a record amount of money on lodging and airlines, according to MasterCard SpendingPulseTM.

“Travel is a great barometer for the economy, as it’s a plan-ahead activity. People spend on travel when they are confident that they’ll have a job tomorrow and two months from now when their trip rolls around,” says Sarah Quinlan, SVP, Market Insights, MasterCard Advisors. “In September, we saw total retail sales excluding auto up 1.4 percent year over year, and total sales excluding auto and gas up 4.8 percent. That’s because cheaper gas means more money in consumers’ pockets—and more money in the cash register. This is particularly relevant for travel, whether you’re going by car or air.”

Cubic Transportation Systems and its subsidiary Urban Insights today announced the development of the Urbanomics Mobility Project, a new data analysis platform to fuel smarter, more inclusive cities. Built in collaboration with MasterCard, the tool will help urban planners and commercial developers better understand the relationship between how people travel and what they buy to inform growth strategies and improve the quality of life for citizens of the world’s premier cities. The Urbanomic Mobility Project will officially be previewed during Smart Cities Week in Washington, D.C. from September 15 – 17.