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Visa Says U.S. Spending Is Starting to Rebound

By Bram Berkowitz – Jun 2, 2020 at 1:11PM

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Domestic payments volume was down just 5% on a year-over-year basis in May, a marked improvement from April.

As many states begin to reopen their local economies, spending has begun to rebound.

Visa (V -0.98%) recently disclosed in a regulatory filing that total U.S. payments volume in May was down about 5% year over year. And while that might not sound like anything to write home about, it was an improvement from April, when payments volume was down 18% year over year.  And in the last week of March, payments volume was 28% off its year-prior level. 

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Debit card spending increased 12% in May on a year-over-year basis, while credit volume declined 21% -- an improvement on both metrics from their year-over-year comparisons in April.

U.S. Payment Volume Year-Over-Year Comparison

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Broken out by industry, Visa has seen U.S. payments growth in food and drugstores, home improvement, retail services, automotive, retail goods, and telecom and utilities.

But volumes in many sectors -- among them, the restaurant industry, healthcare, and education -- are still down. Payments volume in travel plunged by 70% in May on a year-over-year basis, though it had been down even further in April.

U.S. Payment Volume Growth

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The transaction numbers in international markets broadly did not show as much improvement in May.

While Visa said that a handful of countries including New Zealand, Denmark, and Chile posted year-over-year payments growth in May, global processed transactions overall declined 12%, though that was still less of a decline than in April.

Cross-border volumes not including those in Europe, which drive Visa's international transaction revenue, declined 45% in May year over year.

That's a little surprising considering that Chief Product Officer Jack Forestell recently said that 13 million Visa cardholders in Latin America made e-commerce transactions for the first time ever in March, reflecting a broader acceleration in digital payment trends.

Travel-related cross-border volumes were still down 78% in May year over year.

Bram Berkowitz has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Visa. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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