MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse: December Total U.S. Retail Sales Dip to 2.4% Y/Y

  MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse: December Total U.S. Retail Sales Dip to
  2.4% Y/Y

                      Down from 4.5% growth in November

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Business Wire

PURCHASE, N.Y. -- January 9, 2013

A SpendingPulse™ report released today by MasterCard Advisors, the
professional services arm of MasterCard  (NYSE:MA), provided total retail
sales (excluding automotive) results for December 2012. Excluding auto sales,
total retail sales grew by 2.4% year-over-year. Slow spending on gasoline and
some holiday related sectors contributed to December’s slower growth rate.
Taking out both autos and gasoline, retail spending grew at a slightly
stronger 2.8% year-over-year. This is down from total retail sales (ex. auto)
growth of 4.5% in November.

MasterCard Advisors produces monthly and weekly SpendingPulse reports that are
available to subscribers in the US, UK, Canada and Brazil, and are delivered
ahead of retail spending figures provided by other sources. In the U.S.,
MasterCard Advisors provides detailed reports on sectors including airlines,
apparel, auto parts and services, department stores, ecommerce, electronics,
furniture, gasoline, hardware, hotels and lodging, jewelry, luxury sales and
restaurants.

The underlying softness of holiday related sectors of retail sales acted as a
drag on December’s growth rate. However, when examining a broader view of
retail, the growth rates show modest improvement.

Kamalesh Rao, Director of Economic Research for MasterCard Advisors
SpendingPulse, noted, “Throughout the year, we had been seeing a sustained,
albeit gentle strength to the monthly numbers. This continued into the fourth
quarter, which had a strong start, peaking by the third week of October. Then
from that time until the end of the year, we saw frequent swings between
acceleration and deceleration.”

About MasterCard SpendingPulse

A macro‐economic indicator, MasterCard SpendingPulse reports on national
retail sales and is based on aggregate sales activity in the MasterCard
payments network, coupled with estimates for all other payment forms,
including cash and check. MasterCard SpendingPulse does not represent
MasterCard financial performance. SpendingPulse is provided by MasterCard
Advisors, the professional services arm of MasterCard Worldwide

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