MasterCard Unveils Findings of European Treat Index, a Barometer for Consumer Spending Habits

  MasterCard Unveils Findings of European Treat Index, a Barometer for
  Consumer Spending Habits

MasterCard launches The Treat Index, the first barometer for consumer spending
                         habits across Europe in 2013

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WATERLOO, Belgium -- November 12, 2013

MasterCard today announces the findings of the first MasterCard Treat Index.
The consumer research reveals that over half of Europeans view buying
themselves a treat as a basic right. The European-wide study of over 12,000
credit card holders across eight countries highlights that shoppers continue
to invest in personal purchases, spending an average of €51 at least once a
month on a little something for themselves.

Despite region-wide economic difficulties, Europeans have been reluctant to
give up their treats, with more than one in five claiming they still spend
money on themselves despite knowing they should be watching the pennies.

Financial Advisor Alvin Hall and psychologist Linda Papadopoulos provide
expert commentary on the results, which can be viewed in the full press
release. This, along with all the latest MasterCard Treat Index announcements,
is included in our Digital Press Kit.

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