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TSG/ETA Release U.S. Spending Snapshot

The Strawhecker Group (TSG), in partnership with the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) is pleased to release its inaugural U.S. Spending Snapshot.

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Powered by real data from TSG’s Acquiring Industry Metrics (AIM) platform*, this new quarterly report analyzes consumer spending and payment trends by merchant categories and geographic breakdowns.


  • As 2018 progresses, consumer spending growth remains strong despite the spike in gas prices
    • Overall, the U.S. economy remains on the rise in large part due to tax cuts and increased government spending. Consumers have remained confident and spent at a healthy rate due to a strengthened labor market.
  • 2018 has been a good year for retail and most discretionary spending categories in general
    • Despite ongoing trade spats with key trading partners such as China, the momentum heading into the fourth quarter remains solid, which bodes well for consumer demand and overall economic growth.

*AIM spans over 3.7 million U.S. merchants with $1+ trillion of total annualized dollar volume from 13.8+ billion annualized payment transactions in order to provide a comprehensive look at same-store sales and consumer spending behavior by merchant categories and geographic breakdowns. Contact TSG to setup an AIM demo.