The United Kingdom to generate 25% of all digital payments in Europe in 2020

16 august 2020

Recent years have witnessed an impressive growth of the European digital payments industry with transaction value rising by more than $200bn since 2017, and reaching $708.3bn in 2020. According to data presented by BuyShares, the United Kingdom, as Europe’s largest digital payments market, is expected to generate 25% of that value.

Mobile POS Payments in the United Kingdom to Surge by 360% by 2024

With 81.8% of its citizens using online payments in 2019, the United Kingdom ranked as the country with the highest share of online payment users globally, revealed Statista 2020 FinTech Report.

In 2017, the UK digital payments industry hit $120.4bn transaction value, and eCommerce generated 90% od that value. By the end of 2019, this figure rose by 30% reaching $154.8bn.

Online payments in the United Kingdom continued rising amid COVID-19 lockdown, with millions of people choosing webshops instead of brick and mortar stores. Statistics show the UK digital payments market is set to reach $164.4bn value in 2020, almost $10bn increase year-on-year.

Mobile POS payments played a huge role in that increase. In 2019, the mobile segment of the British digital payments industry generated $30.9bn in revenue. Digital commerce, as the most significant revenue stream, hit $123.9bn value last year.

However, in the last twelve months, the mobile POS payments rose by $14.8bn, reaching $45.7bn in 2020. Digital commerce payments, on the other hand, dropped by $5.3bn, falling to $118.6bn transaction value this year.

The Statista 2020 Fintech Survey revealed that mobile POS payments in the United Kingdom are expected to surge by 360%, reaching $210.8bn value by 2024. Digital commerce transactions are set to jump over $155bn value, a $37bn increase in four years. The entire digital payments industry in the United Kingdom is forecast to double and hit a $366bn transaction value by 2024.

The UK to Remain Europe’s Largest Digital Payments Industry

Statistics show the United Kingdom is set to remain Europe’s largest digital payments industry, with the transaction value almost double than the other two leading markets. As the second-largest digital payments industry in Europe, Germany is expected to hit $104.3bn transaction value this year, 38% less than the leading United Kingdom. France, Spain, and Italy follow with $75.2bn, $41.2bn, and $41bn, respectively.

However, statistics show these four European digital markets are set to witness impressive growth in the next four years, with their combined transaction value growing by 116% and reaching $565.1bn by 2024.

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Gabriela Nistor – director general adjunct BT

Tendinţele pe care le-am remarcat înainte de începerea pandemiei s-au accelerat pe perioada stării de urgenţă. Am văzut acest lucru ca o oportunitate, un tipping point pentru bancă. Post-pandemie nu avem cum sa ne întoarcem la comportamentul financiar pe care îl aveam până în februarie a.c. Relaţia românilor cu online-ul s-a schimbat. In plus, cardul fizic se va dematerializa. Vom asista la o scădere a cererii pentru cardurile fizice, respectiv la o creştere a preferinţei pentru componenta digitală a acestora.”

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In 23 septembrie 2019, BNR a anuntat infiintarea unui Fintech Innovation Hub pentru a sustine inovatia in domeniul serviciilor financiare si de plata. In acest sens, care credeti ca ar trebui sa fie urmatorul pas al bancii centrale in 2020?