PURCHASE, N.Y. — First-half global purchase activity and cash transaction volume on MasterCard-branded cards rose 23% from the same period last year, to $406 billion, MasterCard International reported Wednesday.

Excluding cash transactions, purchase volume on MasterCard cards increased 19.3%, to $300.4 billion. The number of purchases made with the card climbed 17.7%, to more than 4.1 billion.

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