Assessing the Payment Landscape in the Developed Markets

March 2012

While a vast amount of the expected payment growth lies in emerging markets, the potential of developed markets should not be overlooked. The more developed regions of North America and Western Europe accounted for 62% of the total US$11.6 trillion in card payment volume in 2011. Moreover, the developed markets continue to exhibit substantial payment growth. Both the developed and emerging markets each contributed roughly US$2.0 trillion to the absolute card payment volume over 2006-2011.

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Market Performance

Developed markets still adding significant new payment volume
Consumer spend diverges between developed, emerging markets
Card payment surpasses cash as popular consumer payment type
Asia Pacific leads all regions in absolute card payment growth
Payment choice in developed markets shifts to debit since 2001
Australia leads growth in card circulation for developed markets
Australia posted one of the greatest increases in payment volume
Market snapshots: US and UK
Market snapshots: France and Canada
Market snapshots: Australia and Germany
Market snapshots: Italy and Spain

Consumer Analysis

Australia predicted to post highest disposable income growth rate
Cardholders in developed markets spend exponentially more
Savers and spenders in developed versus emerging markets
American elite contribute the most to local market consumer spend
Increased access to mobile products changes way of banking
Internet access remains a driver of card payment volume

Market Prospects

Asia Pacific closing the gap on the largest market of North America
Credit continues to lose market share to debit in developed markets
Debit contributes more than half of absolute volume growth
More women in the workforce leads to higher consumer spend
Key takeaways: Constraints affecting the developed markets
Key takeaways: Two potential growth drivers in developed markets

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