SpendTrend, First Data'smonthly analysis of consumer payments, reported that consumers useof credit cards and debit cards in March grew in terms of dollarvolume over last year.

The analysis of card transactions from March 2014 on itsplatform showed that dollar volume of rose 2.9% over March 2013,while debit card transactions validated with signatures and PINsrose 3.4% and 1.1% respectively over March of last year.

During the same period, the total dollar volume of checks andprepaid debit cards dropped by 4.9% and 5.6%, respectively.

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