Data Source: A macroeconomic indicator, SpendingPulse reports on national retail and service sales and is based on aggregate sales activity in the MasterCard payments network, coupled with survey-based estimates for all other payment forms, including cash and check. MasterCard SpendingPulse does not represent MasterCard financial performance. SpendingPulse is provided by MasterCard Advisors, the professional services arm of MasterCard Worldwide.

PURCHASE, NY and Chicago, IL — June 22, 2011– MasterCard Advisors, provider of the macroeconomic indicator SpendingPulse, announced today that SpendingPulse reports are now available to subscribers via Capital IQ, the leading provider of real-time access to premium research from brokers and independent research providers. The agreement offers Capital IQ clients, including institutional investors, investment banks, private equity firms, universities, and corporations, the ability to include SpendingPulse in their financial research and quickly and easily access the information online. All of the SpendingPulse US reports –Total Retail, Sectors, Outlooks, and Gasoline Demand — are available through the platform.

“SpendingPulse is a proven, reliable leading indicator of retail and gasoline sector performance that enables subscribers to make better decisions with more accurate information earlier. Through this agreement, Capital IQ subscribers will now have an easier way to access the data,” said Steve Albert, Group Head, MasterCard Advisors. “Making SpendingPulse available through Capital IQ will broaden SpendingPulse’s availability in a way that makes it convenient for buy-side firms to access data that delivers an important early indicator of the state of both specific industries and the economy as a whole.”

SpendingPulse is a series of Total Retail and Industry Sector reports for the US and UK, available to subscribers on Monday following the retail month-ending Saturday, and on first Friday of the month in the UK. The reports provide estimates of sales and pricing activity ahead of same-store sales reports, along with historical data. In addition, SpendingPulse Gasoline Demand reports, which provide estimates of total gallons pumped and average price for the prior week, are released every Tuesday, a day ahead of Department of Energy statistics.

While SpendingPulse reports are normally available on a subscription-only basis, reports will be available to all Capital IQ users for 30 days, after which a subscription will be required. To help explain the reports being made available and how they can be used by buy-side firms, MasterCard Advisors will be hosting a webinar on June 27th at 12 pm EST.

For more information and to register for the webinar, contact Keith Myers at 914-249-5153 or keith_myers@mastercard.com.

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