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Debit Card Trends Across Europe

  • ID: 5129102
  • Report
  • July 2020
  • Region: Europe
  • 22 Pages
  • Mercator Advisory Group
Diversity and Difference Characterize the European Debit Card Scene

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Despite the relatively heavy hand of regulators in the European Union proper, diversity and difference are what characterize the European debit card scene. That’s the conclusion of this new research, the first in a series on global debit issues that will feature the firm’s proprietary Worldwide Payments Model.

The growth trajectories for consumer debit cards in the nine European countries included in this report reveal a far from unified market. Even those countries that share a border will exhibit vastly different consumer behaviors when conducting debit card transactions. Those differences are accentuated as the global pandemic, and each country’s reaction to it, influence their respective economy. This report, the first in a series that analyzes debit card markets around the world, considers the trends in each country reviewed and utilizes the publisher's World Wide Payments Model to provide a near term forecast for debit transaction volumes and a revised outlook given the relative impact of the pandemic.   

We find some interesting trends in debit card activity in each country that hinge on influences including the level of account ownership and financial inclusion, the territory’s history of electronic payment adoption, the strength of mobile and other remote commerce solutions, open banking and real-time payments and certainly the level of regulatory involvement in payments,” comments Sarah Grotta, Director, Debit and Alternative Products Advisory Service and author of the report.

Highlights of the report include:

  • Analysis of the most influential trends in the debit card market in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
  • Review of account ownership, the number of debit cards issued, 2019 transaction levels and value processed expressed in U.S. dollars for comparison purposes.
  • Transaction volumes processed in each country from 2015 through 2019, with pre-and post- pandemic forecasts for 2020-2021.
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1. Executive Summary  

2. Introduction

  • About the data model
  • Definitions  

3. France

  • Trends
  • Forecast

4. Germany

  • Trends  
  • Forecast  

5. Italy

  • Trends  
  • Forecast

6. Netherlands

  • Trends  
  • Forecast

7. Russia

  • Trends  
  • Forecast

8. Spain

  • Trends  
  • Forecast  

9. Sweden

  • Trends  
  • Forecast

10. Switzerland

  • Trends  
  • Forecast  

11. United Kingdom

  • Trends  
  • Forecast  

12. Conclusions

13. References

  • Related Research
  • Endnotes

Figures and Tables
Figure 1 Debit card volume shows steady growth, but the global pandemic interrupts the trend in France  
Figure 2 Debit card volume trends and forecast for Germany  
Figure 3 Debit card volume trends and forecast for Italy
Figure 4 Debit card volume trends and forecast for the Netherlands are only slightly modified in light of the pandemic  
Figure 5 Debit card volume trends in Russia have been impacted by a weakening economy and austerity measures  
Figure 6 Debit card volumes in Spain, once on an upward trend, are reset in the current economic downturn  
Figure 7 Debit card volume trends in Sweden only lightly impacted by the pandemic  
Figure 8 Debit card volume trends and forecast for Switzerland  
Figure 9 Debit card volume trends in the United Kingdom take a hit, but recovery is expected to be rapid

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