Bank of America today announced their approximately 67 million clients made $294 billion in total payments during February, a 16% increase over February 2021. This follows a 5% increase in total payments in February 2021 when compared to pre-pandemic levels in February 2020. This marks a continuation of the strong consumer payments and spending observed in January, as well as a record $3.8 trillion in total payments in 2021.
“We saw a strong continuation of payment and spending trends in February, another positive sign of the strength of U.S. consumers,” said Mary Hines Droesch, Head of Consumer and Small Business Products at Bank of America. “Strong spending trends across a variety of sectors such as travel, restaurants, public transportation and gym memberships suggest more consumers are returning to the office and resuming more in-person activities.”
Bank of America is a provider of choice for individuals and businesses when paying for goods and services. The company’s award-winning and easy-to-use capabilities help clients budget, save, spend and borrow carefully and confidently. Bank of America reviews aggregate activity across its vast client base to discern important payments trends, including debit and credit spending.
This data represents aggregate spend and deposit balances from Retail, Preferred, Small Business and Wealth Management clients with a deposit account or credit card. Deposit balances include checking, savings accounts, CD/IRA and CMA. Total payments include credit card, debit card, ACH, wires, bill pay, person-to-person, cash and checks. Digital credit and debit card spend includes online and mobile transactions. Data is not adjusted for seasonality, processing days or portfolio changes, and may be subject to periodic revisions. Card transactions are categorized by proprietary methods and the Merchant Categorization Code (MCC) defined by financial services companies.
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Don Vecchiarello, Bank of America