Payments processor reports highest spending levels since last summer.
The payment processor's monthly SpendTrend report said despite the dip, overall spending remains healthy.
While card volume grew in March year-over-year, checks and prepaid card volume fell significantly during the same period.
First Data Corp. reported that January's harsh weather significantly lowered consumer spending from the previous month.
While spending dropped overall due to winter weather, retailers selling necessities and cold weather supplies saw robust growth.
Black Friday kicked off shopping spree also helped along by weather, First Data says.
The prospect of renewed Congressional budget fights helped undercut consumer spending last month, according to a report from First Data.
Consumers in July kept their wallets and pockets open, even as a gasoline prices spiked, according to First Data Corp.