Total U.S. credit cards-in-force (CIF) in the third quarter (3Q/15) for Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover was up 6.0% year-on-year (YOY). At the end of 3Q/15, there were 635 million U.S. credit CIF compared to 599 million for 3Q/14.
Visa U.S. credit CIF for 3Q/15 jumped 7.9% YOY to 328 million, compared to 323 million in the prior quarter, and 304 million in the year ago quarter.
MasterCard U.S. credit CIF for 3Q/15 grew 6.2% YOY to 188 million, compared to 187 million in the prior quarter, and 177 million in the year ago quarter.
American Express U.S. credit CIF for 3Q/15 increased 3.5% YOY to 56.4 million, compared to 55.3 million in the prior quarter, and 54.5 million in the year ago quarter.
Discover U.S. credit CIF for 3Q/15 declined 1.4% YOY to 62.6 million, compared to 62.9 million in the prior quarter, and 63.5 million in the year ago quarter.
MAJOR 4 U.S. CREDIT CARDS-IN-FORCE
3Q/14: 599.0 million
4Q/14: 612.3 million
1Q/15: 617.9 million
2Q/15: 628.7 million
3Q/15: 635.0 million
VISA U.S. CREDIT CARDS-IN-FORCE
3Q/14: 304 million
4Q/14: 313 million
1Q/15: 318 million
2Q/15: 323 million
3Q/15: 328 million
MASTERCARD U.S. CREDIT CARDS-IN-FORCE
3Q/14: 177 million
4Q/14: 181 million
1Q/15: 182 million
2Q/15: 187 million
3Q/15: 188 million
AMERICAN EXPRESS U.S. CREDIT CARDS-IN-FORCE
3Q/14: 54.5 million
4Q/14: 54.9 million
1Q/15: 54.8 million
2Q/15: 55.3 million
3Q/15: 56.4 million
DISCOVER U.S. CREDIT CARDS-IN-FORCE
3Q/14: e63.5 million
4Q/14: e63.4 million
1Q/15: e63.1 million
2Q/15: e62.9 million
3Q/15: e62.6 million
Source: Visa; MasterCard; American Express; Discover
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