MasterCard officially reported the number of U.S. cards issued at the end of June jumped 20% to 256.2 million. In addition to the exceptional growth in card issuance, U.S. gross dollar volume showed continued strong growth, increasing 17.6% year-to-year, to $234 billion, in the first half of 2001, and 18.3% to $124.4 billion in the second quarter of the year compared with the like periods in 2000. U.S. purchase volume jumped almost 18%, to $179.2 billion, in the first half of 2001, and 18.9%, to $95.6 billion in the second quarter. At the end of 2001’s second quarter, U.S. outstandings on MasterCard cards, rose to $223.9 billion, an 18.5% increase over the like 2000 period. For complete details on MasterCard’s U.S. 2Q/01 data visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]) and for details on MasterCard’s second quarter international figures visit The RAM Report ([www.ramreport.com]).