Gift Cards Remain a Perennial Favorite, and Shoppers Are in a Buying Mood

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New research from Mercator Advisory Group forecasts growth for gift card loads in the 2015 holiday season

Closed-loop issuers will see new growth in their card portfolios thanks to the convergence of several factors. New ways of shopping and new attitudes towards gifts will bolster the gift card market.

For the past couple of years, Mercator Advisory Group has made its holiday closed-loop gift card forecast available for free on PaymentsJournal. This year is no different.

Despite mixed signals from the market, Mercator's holiday forecast of loads in the In-Store Gift Card segment of closed-loop prepaid cards predicts that the business will continue to grow. Digital channels, consumer preferences, and discounting will all help to spur growth in holiday gift card loads.

Using information gathered as part of Mercator Advisory Group’s annual closed-loop prepaid cards benchmark survey, Mercator has created a forecast of the dollar amount that will be loaded onto gift cards that are sold in stores in the United States during the 2014 holiday shopping season. This forecast focuses solely on closed-loop cards sold by issuers in the United States to customers for use in their own stores.

"Closed-loop issuers will see new growth in their card portfolios thanks to the convergence of several factors. New ways of shopping and new attitudes towards gifts will bolster the gift card market," Ben Jackson, director of Mercator Advisory Group's Prepaid Advisory Service, and author of the report, comments.

This document is 7 pages long and has 4 exhibits.

Members of Mercator Advisory Group's Prepaid Advisory Service have access to this report as well as the upcoming research for the year ahead, presentations, analyst access, and other membership benefits.

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