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First Data Introduces SpendTrend Holiday Insights Dashboard

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Shares of First Data Corporation (FDC - Free Report) have gained 4.5% year to date, against the 11.1% decline of the industry it belongs to.


The company recently launched SpendTrend Holiday Insights, a real-time spending dashboard.

It is useful in providing insights into spending trends across industry verticals and payment types. The analysis encompasses card-based payment forms and is based on actual, same-store-sales activity. Growth rates reflect a comparison of season-to-date trends on year-over-year basis.

Insights include seasonal growth rates for overall and industry-specific spending categories, geographic spending patterns and special day-range callouts. It delivers a daily ranking of the most active subsectors and a view of dining spend velocity. Results are based on data driven from transaction activity from a selected subset of First Data’s processing portfolio.

 “Holiday Insights provides real-time information for the upcoming high-volume consumer spending holiday season,” stated Glenn Fodor, senior vice president and head of First Data Insights.

Holiday Insights is currently available at through Jan 3, 2019.

The move is expected to boost the Global Business Solutions (GBS) segment, which offers a wide range of solutions that include E-commerce, mobile commerce, point of sale and merchant acquiring.

This segment performed decently in the last reported quarter, generating revenues of $1.38 billion, up 10% on a year-over-year basis.

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