Across the 33 countries covered in the European Payments Yearbook, cards in issue (+3.2%), and POS terminals by number (+7.3%) showed remarkable growth rates again while the ATM terminal estate (-0.3%) continued its decline.
By country, cards per capita range from 0.83 in Romania up to 3.05 in Norway and 4.32 in Luxembourg. Card payments by number (+11.4%) and by value (+3.5%) showed continued growth, thanks to higher card use, growing numbers of online payments and contactless low-value payments.
In 2017, notable European payments trends in the E33 countries include:
- All the E33 countries pushed contactless card payments and mobile HCE NFC payments, including all the European domestic debit card schemes. Nearly all banks issue contactless cards, and the roll-out of contactless POS terminals looks to be happening fast.
- The digital wallets MasterPass an VISA Checkout are supported by leading European bank groups. Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Google Pay launched in more European markets.
- In Turkey, the roll-out of contactless domestic cards branded TROY continued.
- Cash-advances on cards at POS terminals in retail outlets is a hot topic circumventing ATMs.
- More European banks combined their mobile banking apps with IBAN-based bank payments directly from bank accounts. Among others, payment apps like BLIK, Jiffy, PayConiq, Swish and Vipps use QR-codes as bridging technology to enable card-less payments in-store.
The country profiles of the European Payments Yearbook provide the individual background of the evolution of the payment services by country and highlight the emerging Open Banking payment ecosystem.
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