The US card payments channel registered marginal growth during the review period (2008-2012). The nation's positive economic outlook, need for more sophisticated prepaid and charge card products, popularity of online and mobile shopping, and an increase in per capita income supported the growth. During the review period, the channel's market size increased at a CAGR of 1.79% in volume terms to reach 1.5 billion cards in circulation in 2012. In value terms, the channel valued US$4.9 trillion in 2012. The US card payments channel grew both in volume and value terms during the review period. In terms of transaction volume, the channel grew at a review-period CAGR of 1.79% from 1.4 billion transactions in 2008 to 1.5 billion in 2012. It is anticipated that this volume will grow at a CAGR of 2.68% over the forecast period (2013-2017), to reach 1.8 billion transactions in 2017. In terms of value, the channel increased from US$4.1 trillion in 2008 to US$4.9 trillion in 2012, at a review-period CAGR of 4.40%. The channel is forecast to grow from US$5.2 trillion in 2013 to US$6.1 trillion in 2017 at a forecast-period CAGR of 4.15%. Growth is expected to be driven by more stable economic conditions, an increase in disposable income and the popularity of mobile commerce and online retail.