Small Business Spending Increases 16% year-over-year in April

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Card spending per client rose 13% year-over-year, nearing all-time highs

NEW YORK, May 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bank of America Institute today released its findings from its first Small Business Checkpoint, a new publication which aims to provide a holistic and real-time estimate of Small Business financial activity, spending and financial well-being, leveraging the breadth and depth of Bank of America proprietary data from its approximately three million small business households.

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Highlights of the publication:

  • Small Business aggregate credit and debit card spending was up 16% year-over-year in April; within this, April growth in credit card spend (20%) outpaced growth in debit card spend (12%)

  • Total payments across all types up 14% per client year-over-year, demonstrating both spending growth and the impact of inflation on expenses

  • In April, Small Business clients saw strong deposit balance growth at 16% year-over-year

  • Travel spending was 57% higher year-over-year as the pandemic impact continued to fade

  • Automated Clearing House (ACH) and Wire payments grew 24% and 18% respectively, often representing bigger ticket items like rent, car loans/leases, and payroll

"Small Businesses remain a key driver of the U.S. economy" said David Tinsley, senior economist for the Bank of America Institute. "While the pandemic represented a substantial period of economic disruption to Small Businesses, they have bounced back convincingly and seem relatively well-placed to deal with a slowdown in the economy."

Read the full Small Business Checkpoint for additional details.

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