Gross or open accounts (GAC) for U.S. credit cards among the nation’s four largest issuers climbed 5.2% in the first quarter to 189.9 million, compared to 180.4 million one-year ago. While Chase and Citi posted slight downticks in Q1, BofA and Capital One are looking up.
U.S. cards-in-force (CIF) for Visa and MasterCard credit cards increased 8.9% year-on-year (YOY) while CIF for debit cards rose 9.1% YOY, in the first quarter, according to CardData. Driven by prepaid cards, U.S. Visa and MasterCard debit cards could cross the 700 million milestone in 2016.
Lugano-based Cornèr Bank has inked a deal to acquire Diners Club Italia and Dinit from Discover Financial Services. Diners Club Italia is the Diners Club International licensee for Italy, San Marino and Vatican City and Dinit is a Diners Club card transaction processor in Slovenia.