First Data Corp. says consumers spent more on their credit and debit cards in September 2011 than they did in the same month last year but the firm credited inflated prices for the increase rather than an increase in purchases.
Consumers still used their credit and debit cards in May, but more slowly than they have been.
Consumers were still shopping in April, though they were starting to look over their shoulders at rising gasoline prices, according to First Data's SpendTrend report.
First Data Corp. said today its monthly SpendTrend report found consumer spending uniformly up in March despite a late Easter and rising gas prices.
Even as financial institutions and retailers continue their fight over who pays for the debit card network, consumers continued to show the love for cards in general last month.