International payment cards-in-force (CIF) for Visa and MasterCard increased 6.7% year-on-year (YOY) in the third quarter (3Q/15). International debit card CIF rose 10.4% YOY, while international credit card CIF increased 3.8% YOY.
MasterCard’s international debit card CIF YOY is growing more than three times Visa’s international debit CIF.
International payment card CIF at the end of 3Q/15 posted at 2807 million, compared to 2757 in the prior quarter, and 2609 million for the year ago quarter.
International credit card CIF at the end of 3Q/15 posted at 1148 million, compared to 1134 in the prior quarter, and 1106 million for the year ago quarter.
International debit card CIF at the end of 3Q/15 posted at 1659 million, compared to 1623 in the prior quarter, and 1503 million for the year ago quarter.
Visa’s international credit card CIF at the end of 3Q/15 rose 3.1% YOY to 562 million from 545 million for 3Q/14.
Visa’s international debit card CIF at the end of 3Q/15 rose 6.9% YOY to 481 million from 450 million for 3Q/14.
MasterCard’s international credit card CIF at the end of 3Q/15 rose 4.4% YOY to 586 million from 561 million for 3Q/14.
MasterCard’s international debit card CIF at the end of 3Q/15 rose 22.8% YOY to 566 million from 461 million for 3Q/14.
INTERNATIONAL PAYMENT CARD CARDS-IN-FORCE
3Q/14: 2609 million
4Q/14: 2679 million
1Q/15: 2716 million
2Q/15: 2757 million
3Q/15: 2807 million
INTERNATIONAL CREDIT CARD CARDS-IN-FORCE
3Q/14: 1106 million
4Q/14: 1114 million
1Q/15: 1118 million
2Q/15: 1134 million
3Q/15: 1148 million
INTERNATIONAL DEBIT CARD CARDS-IN-FORCE
3Q/14: 1503 million
4Q/14: 1565 million
1Q/15: 1598 million
2Q/15: 1623 million
3Q/15: 1659 million
Source: Visa; MasterCard
Note: Visa current card statistics are estimated as Visa reports CIF on a one quarter lag basis.
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