MasterCard’s (MC) Asia Pacific – Middle East – Africa (APMEA) region Purchase Dollar Volume (PDV) rose year-on-year (Y/Y) 18.6% on a local currency basis in the first quarter (Q1/14) to US$202 billion. On a US dollar basis PDV was up 13.5%, according to CardData. Based on PDV, the MC APMEA region is the third largest region, just behind Europe and the US.
MC APMEA Gross Dollar Volume (GDV) was up 18.9% on a local currency basis to US$302 billion in Q1/14, compared to US$312 billion in Q4/13 and US$268 billion in Q1/13. On a US dollar basis GDV was up 12.4% Y/Y.
The average purchase ticket in MC APMEA region has declined 5.1% Y/Y. One-year ago it stood at US$96.79, compared to US$93.74 in Q4/13 and US$91.86 in Q1/14, according to CardData. The decline is presumably related to the growth of lower tickets in the MEA portion of the region.
MC’ Cash Dollar Volume (CDV) was up sharply by 18.6% on a local currency basis in Q1/14 to US$99 billion. The total number of Cash Transactions (CTX) hit 861 million, compared to 700 million one-year ago.
MC has 423 million cards-in-force (CIF) currently in the APMEA region, compared to 333 million in Q1/13. The total number of accounts rose to 402 million in Q1/14, compared to 355 million for Q1/13.
RAM Research projects MC APMEA PDV will rise to US$220 billion in the second quarter.
MasterCard APMEA Purchase Dollar Volume (PDV) & Purchase Transactions (PTX)
PERIOD PDV PTX
1Q/2013: $178 billion 1839 million
2Q/2013: $185 billion 1996 million
3Q/2013: $197 billion 2139 million
4Q/2013: $211 billion 2251 million
1Q/2014: $202 billion 2199 million
Source: CardData; MasterCard
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Gross dollar volume, purchase volume, cash volume and the number of purchase transactions, cash transactions, accounts and cards on a regional and global basis for MasterCard-branded and MasterCard Electronic branded cards.
GDV represents purchase volume plus cash volume and includes the impact of balance transfers and convenience checks; “purchase volume” means the aggregate dollar amount of purchases made with MasterCard-branded cards for the relevant period; and “cash volume” means the aggregate dollar amount of cash disbursements obtained with MasterCard-branded cards for the relevant period. The number of cards includes virtual cards, which are MasterCard-branded payment accounts that do not generally have physical cards associated with them.
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