Executive Summary

Oct 2019
PROSPECTS
Merchant issued gift cards on the rise, especially digital gift cards

Merchant issued gift cards saw growth in value sales and share within closed loop pre-paid cards in 2019. Gift cards are increasingly being used to maintain loyalty and reward employees.

Contactless debit and credit cards increasingly replace transportation cards

In addition to the convenience of contactless payment for day-to-day purchases, contactless debit and credit cards continue to replace closed loop pre-paid transportation cards. Increasing usage of contactless financial cards provides consumers with a frictionless travel experience, due to speed, convenience, ease of payment, and no requirement to carry additional cards.

The control associated with open loop pre-paid cards can be positive or negative

Revolut is one of the fastest growing brands in open loop pre-paid cards, as it allows customers to easily top-up their cards via bank transfer or their current account. Money can be stored in multiple currency wallets, and funds can be transferred from one wallet to another at the current exchange rate.

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE
Mastercard maintains its lead, but Visa is growing thanks to Revolut

Mastercard remained the leading operator of open loop pre-paid cards in 2018. The company issues pre-paid cards for the leading issuer Wirecard Card Solutions, as well as for the majority of travel cards.

Revolut offers a new feature to attract consumers

Revolut has diversified by launching a free stock trading feature for Revolut Metal customers, with Revolut Metal customers able to make up to 100 commission-free trades per month. Rolled out in July 2019, Revolut now gives consumers the possibility to invest in the US stock market, New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, supported by real-time prices.

Mobile parking apps mark the end of pre-paid parking cards

Pre-paid parking cards are losing their appeal, as more and more UK cities are adopting mobile parking apps. In addition to allowing the consumer to keep a wallet that can be used any time they want to pay for parking, these apps also help people to find free spots and compare the prices of different parking sites across cities.

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Charge Cards in the United Kingdom - Category analysis

Charge Cards in the United Kingdom - Company Profile

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Consumers are gradually abandoning charge cards for credit cards
Reluctance to spend will negatively affect the performance of charge cards
Usage of commercial charge cards is falling, but opportunities remain

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

American Express maintains its lead in personal charge cards
A wider range of players in commercial charge cards, but no new players expected
Competing through rewards the only likely strategy for success

CATEGORY DATA

Table 1 Charge Cards: Number of Cards in Circulation 2014-2019
Table 2 Charge Cards Transactions 2014-2019
Table 3 Charge Cards in Circulation: % Growth 2014-2019
Table 4 Charge Cards Transactions: % Growth 2014-2019
Table 5 Commercial Charge Cards: Number of Cards in Circulation 2014-2019
Table 6 Commercial Charge Cards Transactions 2014-2019
Table 7 Commercial Charge Cards in Circulation: % Growth 2014-2019
Table 8 Commercial Charge Cards Transactions: % Growth 2014-2019
Table 9 Personal Charge Cards: Number of Cards in Circulation 2014-2019
Table 10 Personal Charge Cards Transactions 2014-2019
Table 11 Personal Charge Cards in Circulation: % Growth 2014-2019
Table 12 Personal Charge Cards Transactions: % Growth 2014-2019
Table 13 Charge Cards: Number of Cards by Issuer 2014-2018
Table 14 Charge Cards: Number of Cards by Operator 2014-2018
Table 15 Charge Cards Payment Transaction Value by Issuer 2014-2018
Table 16 Charge Cards Payment Transaction Value by Operator 2014-2018
Table 17 Commercial Charge Cards: Number of Cards by Issuer 2014-2018
Table 18 Commercial Charge Cards: Number of Cards by Operator 2014-2018
Table 19 Commercial Charge Cards Payment Transaction Value by Issuer 2014-2018
Table 20 Commercial Charge Cards Payment Transaction Value by Operator 2014-2018
Table 21 Personal Charge Cards: Number of Cards by Issuer 2014-2018
Table 22 Personal Charge Cards: Number of Cards by Operator 2014-2018
Table 23 Personal Charge Cards Transaction Value by Issuer 2014-2018
Table 24 Personal Charge Cards Transaction Value by Operator 2014-2018
Table 25 Forecast Charge Cards: Number of Cards in Circulation 2019-2024
Table 26 Forecast Charge Cards Transactions 2019-2024
Table 27 Forecast Charge Cards in Circulation: % Growth 2019-2024
Table 28 Forecast Charge Cards Transactions: % Growth 2019-2024
Table 29 Forecast Commercial Charge Cards: Number of Cards in Circulation 2019-2024
Table 30 Forecast Commercial Charge Cards Transactions 2019-2024
Table 31 Forecast Commercial Charge Cards in Circulation: % Growth 2019-2024
Table 32 Forecast Commercial Charge Cards Transactions: % Growth 2019-2024
Table 33 Forecast Personal Charge Cards: Number of Cards in Circulation 2019-2024
Table 34 Forecast Personal Charge Cards Transactions 2019-2024
Table 35 Forecast Personal Charge Cards in Circulation: % Growth 2019-2024
Table 36 Forecast Personal Charge Cards Transactions: % Growth 2019-2024

Credit Cards in the United Kingdom - Category analysis

Credit Cards in the United Kingdom - Company Profile

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Continued growth due to contactless payment, despite account consolidation
Low consumer confidence and new measures by the FCA hamper growth
Higher interest rates and lower rewards likely to limit growth in the forecast period

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Barclays remains the leading issuer in a fragmented category
Potential entrants could disrupt the competitive environment
Developments by American Express to attract consumers and cut costs

CATEGORY DATA

Table 37 Credit Cards: Number of Cards in Circulation 2014-2019
Table 38 Credit Cards Transactions 2014-2019
Table 39 Credit Cards in Circulation: % Growth 2014-2019
Table 40 Credit Cards Transactions: % Growth 2014-2019
Table 41 Commercial Credit Cards: Number of Cards in Circulation 2014-2019
Table 42 Commercial Credit Cards Transactions 2014-2019
Table 43 Commercial Credit Cards in Circulation: % Growth 2014-2019
Table 44 Commercial Credit Cards Transactions: % Growth 2014-2019
Table 45 Personal Credit Cards: Number of Cards in Circulation 2014-2019
Table 46 Personal Credit Cards Transactions 2014-2019
Table 47 Personal Credit Cards in Circulation: % Growth 2014-2019
Table 48 Personal Credit Cards Transactions: % Growth 2014-2019
Table 49 Credit Cards: Number of Cards by Issuer 2014-2018
Table 50 Credit Cards: Number of Cards by Operator 2014-2018
Table 51 Credit Cards Payment Transaction Value by Issuer 2014-2018
Table 52 Credit Cards Payment Transaction Value by Operator 2014-2018
Table 53 Commercial Credit Cards: Number of Cards by Issuer 2014-2018
Table 54 Commercial Credit Cards: Number of Cards by Operator 2014-2018
Table 55 Commercial Credit Cards Payment Transaction Value by Issuer 2014-2018
Table 56 Commercial Credit Cards Payment Transaction Value by Operator 2014-2018
Table 57 Personal Credit Cards: Number of Cards by Issuer 2014-2018
Table 58 Personal Credit Cards: Number of Cards by Operator 2014-2018
Table 59 Personal Credit Cards Payment Transaction Value by Issuer 2014-2018
Table 60 Personal Credit Cards Payment Transaction Value by Operator 2014-2018
Table 61 Forecast Credit Cards: Number of Cards in Circulation 2019-2024
Table 62 Forecast Credit Cards Transactions 2019-2024
Table 63 Forecast Credit Cards in Circulation: % Growth 2019-2024
Table 64 Forecast Credit Cards Transactions: % Growth 2019-2024
Table 65 Forecast Commercial Credit Cards: Number of Cards in Circulation 2019-2024
Table 66 Forecast Commercial Credit Cards Transactions 2019-2024
Table 67 Forecast Commercial Credit Cards in Circulation: % Growth 2019-2024
Table 68 Forecast Commercial Credit Cards Transactions: % Growth 2019-2024
Table 69 Forecast Personal Credit Cards: Number of Cards in Circulation 2019-2024
Table 70 Forecast Personal Credit Cards Transactions 2019-2024
Table 71 Forecast Personal Credit Cards in Circulation: % Growth 2019-2024
Table 72 Forecast Personal Credit Cards Transactions: % Growth 2019-2024

Debit Cards in the United Kingdom - Category analysis

Debit Cards in the United Kingdom - Company Profile

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Contactless technology, online sales and businesses boost debit card value
Open banking could put the future growth of debit cards at risk
“Till-free supermarkets” could create further opportunities for debit card usage

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Although Visa leads, Mastercard innovates to expand its share
Digital payment solutions from both Mastercard and Visa
Monzo challenges traditional banks by converting from pre-paid to debit cards

CATEGORY DATA

Table 73 Debit Cards: Number of Cards in Circulation 2014-2019
Table 74 Debit Cards Transactions 2014-2019
Table 75 Debit Cards in Circulation: % Growth 2014-2019
Table 76 Debit Cards Transactions: % Growth 2014-2019
Table 77 Debit Cards: Number of Cards by Issuer 2014-2018
Table 78 Debit Cards: Number of Cards by Operator 2014-2018
Table 79 Debit Cards Payment Transaction Value by Issuer 2014-2018
Table 80 Debit Cards Payment Transaction Value by Operator 2014-2018
Table 81 Forecast Debit Cards: Number of Cards in Circulation 2019-2024
Table 82 Forecast Debit Cards Transactions 2019-2024
Table 83 Forecast Debit Cards in Circulation: % Growth 2019-2024
Table 84 Forecast Debit Cards Transactions: % Growth 2019-2024

Pre-Paid Cards in the United Kingdom - Category analysis

Pre-Paid Cards in the United Kingdom - Company Profile

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Merchant issued gift cards on the rise, especially digital gift cards
Contactless debit and credit cards increasingly replace transportation cards
The control associated with open loop pre-paid cards can be positive or negative

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Mastercard maintains its lead, but Visa is growing thanks to Revolut
Revolut offers a new feature to attract consumers
Mobile parking apps mark the end of pre-paid parking cards

CATEGORY DATA

Table 85 Pre-paid Cards: Number of Cards in Circulation 2014-2019
Table 86 Pre-paid Cards Transactions 2014-2019
Table 87 Pre-paid Cards in Circulation: % Growth 2014-2019
Table 88 Pre-paid Cards Transactions: % Growth 2014-2019
Table 89 Closed Loop Pre-paid Cards Transactions 2014-2019
Table 90 Closed Loop Pre-paid Cards Transactions: % Growth 2014-2019
Table 91 Open Loop Pre-paid Cards Transactions 2014-2019
Table 92 Open Loop Pre-paid Cards Transactions: % Growth 2014-2019
Table 93 Pre-paid Cards: Number of Cards by Issuer 2014-2018
Table 94 Pre-paid Cards: Number of Cards by Operator 2014-2018
Table 95 Pre-paid Cards Transaction Value by Issuer 2014-2018
Table 96 Pre-paid Cards Transaction Value by Operator 2014-2018
Table 97 Closed Loop Pre-paid Cards: Number of Cards by Issuer 2014-2018
Table 98 Closed Loop Pre-paid Cards: Number of Cards by Operator 2014-2018
Table 99 Closed Loop Pre-paid Cards Transaction Value by Issuer 2014-2018
Table 100 Closed Loop Pre-paid Cards Transaction Value by Operator 2014-2018
Table 101 Open Loop Pre-paid Cards: Number of Cards by Issuer 2014-2018
Table 102 Open Loop Pre-paid Cards: Number of Cards by Operator 2014-2018
Table 103 Open Loop Pre-paid Cards Transaction Value by Issuer 2014-2018
Table 104 Open Loop Pre-paid Cards Transaction Value by Operator 2014-2018
Table 105 Forecast Pre-paid Cards: Number of Cards in Circulation 2019-2024
Table 106 Forecast Pre-paid Cards Transactions 2019-2024
Table 107 Forecast Pre-paid Cards in Circulation: % Growth 2019-2024
Table 108 Forecast Pre-paid Cards Transactions: % Growth 2019-2024
Table 109 Forecast Closed Loop Pre-paid Cards Transactions 2019-2024
Table 110 Forecast Closed Loop Pre-paid Cards Transactions: % Growth 2019-2024
Table 111 Forecast Open Loop Pre-paid Cards Transactions 2019-2024
Table 112 Forecast Open Loop Pre-paid Cards Transactions: % Growth 2019-2024

Store Cards in the United Kingdom - Category analysis

Store Cards in the United Kingdom - Company Profile

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Store cards lose credibility due to high costs, inflexibility and negative press
Rising compensation limit for complaints set to make charge cards more unattractive
Growth unlikely as credit and debit cards are increasingly appealing options

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Only four main players, as interest wanes
Players look at attracting consumers with alternative products
New compensation limit set to affect players’ profitability

CATEGORY DATA

Table 113 Store Cards: Number of Cards in Circulation 2014-2019
Table 114 Store Cards Transactions 2014-2019
Table 115 Store Cards in Circulation: % Growth 2014-2019
Table 116 Store Cards Transactions: % Growth 2014-2019
Table 117 Store Cards: Number of Cards by Issuer 2014-2018
Table 118 Store Cards: Payment Transaction Value by Issuer 2014-2018
Table 119 Forecast Store Cards: Number of Cards in Circulation 2019-2024
Table 120 Forecast Store Cards Transactions 2019-2024
Table 121 Forecast Store Cards in Circulation: % Growth 2019-2024
Table 122 Forecast Store Cards Transactions: % Growth 2019-2024

Financial Cards and Payments in the United Kingdom - Industry Overview

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Continued strong growth, although performances vary strongly between categories
Open banking is leading to innovative products, but could challenge payment cards
Cash has declined significantly but will remain important
New players are challenging the high street banks due to open banking
Strong growth for debit cards, particularly in the commercial segment

MARKET INDICATORS

Table 123 Number of POS Terminals: Units 2014-2019
Table 124 Number of ATMs: Units 2014-2019
Table 125 Value Lost to Fraud 2014-2019
Table 126 Card Expenditure by Location 2019
Table 127 Financial Cards in Circulation by Type: % Number of Cards 2014-2019
Table 128 Domestic versus Foreign Spend 2019

MARKET DATA

Table 129 Financial Cards by Category: Number of Cards in Circulation 2014-2019
Table 130 Financial Cards by Category: Number of Accounts 2014-2019
Table 131 Financial Cards Transactions by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 132 Financial Cards by Category: Number of Transactions 2014-2019
Table 133 Consumer Payments by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 134 Consumer Payments by Category: Number of Transactions 2014-2019
Table 135 M-Commerce by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 136 M-Commerce by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 137 Financial Cards: Number of Cards by Issuer 2014-2018
Table 138 Financial Cards: Number of Cards by Operator 2014-2018
Table 139 Financial Cards: Card Payment Transactions Value by Operator 2014-2018
Table 140 Financial Cards: Card Payment Transactions Value by Issuer 2014-2018
Table 141 Forecast Financial Cards by Category: Number of Cards in Circulation 2019-2024
Table 142 Forecast Financial Cards by Category: Number of Accounts 2019-2024
Table 143 Forecast Financial Cards Transactions by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 144 Forecast Financial Cards by Category: Number of Transactions 2019-2024
Table 145 Forecast Consumer Payments by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 146 Forecast Consumer Payments by Category: Number of Transactions 2019-2024
Table 147 Forecast M-Commerce by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 148 Forecast M-Commerce by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024

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