Proprietary Report with Analysis on International Payment Card Gross (Open) Accounts.
Visa and Mastercard international gross (open) payment card accounts (GAC) for the first quarter (1Q/17) grew an adjusted 7.5% year-on-year (YOY). International credit GAC was up 14.5% YOY and international debit GAC soared 33.2% in 1Q/17, both unadjusted.
Visa began including Visa Europe in its operational performance reports as of 3Q/16. Visa Europe has 490 million GAC in 1Q/17. Including the Visa Europe figures, the unadjusted YOY gain was 26.0% for payment cards (credit + debit).
Totally, Visa and Mastercard reported 3340 million payment . . . .