This blog has spent a lot of time recently discussing the potential hazards and difficulties in the world of digital payments, and while there are many that should be taken into consideration when selecting a credit card payment processing system, it shouldn't preclude the advantages of having them. Let's focus on some good news for shops instead. Yesterday, an article appeared in the Wall Street Journal suggesting that credit card sales may be doing better than it might appear, with card spending slowly increasing. 

The article cited, among other sources, a First Data Corp report released this week that credit card sales are on the rise, up by 6 percent last month compared to the previous year. This comes in spite of other data gathered by card companies themselves that shows weaker spending. It's not a very strong time for retail sales in general, as many know, but there's evidence that shoppers are slowly regaining the confidence to spend again.

Economic periods can move in waves, and it might take time for spending to reach the sort of levels desired by merchants, but that doesn't mean they should despair. The business might be out there, waiting to accrue, but it's important to think of individual moments of the economy as part of a whole. And of course, no information from any source can be taken as 100 percent gospel.

Still, credit card processing software users should know that there appears to be no abnormal gulf in spending at the moment, and though spending could be higher it's not a complete downward slope. It's important for merchants to think about factors that may lead to greater amounts of visitors into stores, and that even with a vast amount of uncertainty still in the air, things might eventually start looking up.