ARC, the financial settlement link between airlines and travel sellers, reported today that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.- based travel agencies decreased 1.37 percent* year-over-year in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the same period last year, totaling $22.9 billion vs. $23.3 billion in 2012 and $21.8 billion in 2011. Sales for March 2013 fell 4.19 percent compared to March 2012 to $4.2 billion. Ticket transactions for 2013’s first quarter decreased 1.81 percent over the same period in 2012 to 38.4 million. Year-to-date passenger segments decreased 1.87 percent to 85.2 million compared to 86.9 million in the first quarter of 2012 and 86.2 million in 2011. Get the full story at ARC