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Market Report, "Canada's Cards and Payments Industry: Emerging Opportunities, Trends, Size, Drivers, Strategies, Products and Competitive Landscape", Published

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Boston, MA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/05/2014 -- The Canadian card payments channel recorded growth during the review period (2008-2012). In terms of the volume of cards in circulation, the card payments channel posted a review-period CAGR of 4.55% to reach 153.1 million cards in 2012. Growth in consumer spending, a shift in consumer preference towards cashless transactions, and the increased acceptance of cards by retailers contributed to the growth of the Canadian card payments channel. The volume of cards in circulation is expected to post a forecast-period (2013-2017) CAGR of 4.66%, to reach 190.8 million cards in 2017. The Canadian card payments channel grew substantially both in volume and value terms during the review period. In terms of the number of transactions, the channel grew from 7.2 billion in 2008 to 8.5 billion in 2012, at a review-period CAGR of 4.27%. Debit card transactions were the key driver, followed by charge cards. The growing demand for prepaid and credit cards among Canadian consumers also contributed to the growth of the number of transactions during the review period. Over the forecast period, total card transactions volume is expected to post a forecast-period CAGR of 3.57%, to reach 10.2 billion in 2017.

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Report Highlights

- Credit cards was the largest category in the card payments channel in 2012, accounting for a 51.8% share. The second-largest share was occupied by the debit card category with 24.5%. The prepaid cards category followed with 20.6% and the charge cards category accounted for 3.1%.
- Consumers are slowly moving away from cash and adopting other modes of payment such as cards and electronic fund transfers. While cash continues to be an important part of the payments system, it is increasingly being displaced by non-cash channels. The share of cash transactions fell during the review period, from 2.3% in 2008 to 2.0% in 2012.
- Commercial banks and retailers have been aggressively promoting contactless payment technology to increase the speed and convenience of payments for consumers. The technology also offers improved security and helps to control fraudulent transactions. The major contactless payment technologies used in Canada include Interac's Interac Flash, Visa's payWave and MasterCard's PayPass.
- Banks and retail outlets in Canada expanded their infrastructure networks during the review period. The number of automatic teller machines (ATMs) installed increased from 57,900 in 2008 to 60,346 in 2012, at a review-period CAGR of 1.04%. The increasing acceptance of debit and credit cards at retail outlets and a consumer shift towards direct card purchases resulted in a rising number of point of sale (POS) transactions during the review period.

Report Scope

- This report provides a comprehensive analysis of Canada's cards and payments industry.
- It provides current values for Canada's cards and payments industry for 2012 and forecast figures for 2017.

Companies Mentioned in this Report: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal, TD Canada Trust, Scotiabank, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Diners Club, Moneris Solutions Corporation, First Data, Elavon, Heartland Payment Systems

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