Italy's Cards and Payments Industry: Emerging Opportunities, Trends, Size, Drivers, Strategies, Products and Competitive Landscape

Italy's Cards and Payments Industry: Emerging Opportunities, Trends, Size, Drivers, Strategies, Products and Competitive Landscape

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The Italian card payments channel registered growth during the review period (2009-2013). In terms of number of cards in circulation, the channel registered a CAGR of 6.96% to reach 116.0 million cards by the end of 2013. The channel valued EUR363.3 billion (US$481.6 billion) in 2013.

The prepaid card category is expected to record the highest growth prospects both in terms of the volume of cards in issue and transaction value. In terms of card volume, the prepaid category is anticipated to post a forecast-period CAGR of 17.42% and register a CAGR of 13.41% in terms of transaction value. In volume and value terms, the open-loop prepaid segment is expected to post respective CAGRs of 16.91% and 12.47%.

In value terms, the credit card market posted a review-period CAGR of 1.59%, from EUR59.3 billion (US$82.3 billion) in 2009 to EUR63.1 billion (US$83.7 billion) in 2013. The impact of financial crisis resulted in waning growth in the Italian credit card market, which adversely impacted consumer confidence and forced companies to cut costs. The transaction value of commercial credit cards exhibited a review-period CAGR of 0.89%. Although growth has been impacted, the market still occupies a market share of 11.6% in terms of all Italian card payment channels. This is the result of a government policy of restricting limits on cash payment to EUR1,000 (US$1,390) - above this figure all payments must be made through cards.

In early 2014, MasterCard launched its new platform for digital payments called MasterPass. It helps to make the online transactions and m-commerce faster and more secure, supporting electronic commerce (e-commerce) and mobile commerce (m-commerce) market growth over the forecast period.

Report Highlights
  • The Italian card payments channel registered growth during the review period (2009-2013). In terms of number of cards in circulation, the channel registered a CAGR of 6.96% to reach 116.0 million cards by the end of 2013. The channel valued EUR363.3 billion (US$481.6 billion) in 2013.
  • The prepaid card category is expected to record the highest growth prospects both in terms of the volume of cards in issue and transaction value. In terms of card volume, the prepaid category is anticipated to post a forecast-period CAGR of 17.42% and register a CAGR of 13.41% in terms of transaction value. In volume and value terms, the open-loop prepaid segment is expected to post respective CAGRs of 16.91% and 12.47%.
  • The debit card category held the second-highest share with 37.2% in 2013. During the review period, the number of debit cards in circulation grew from 34.2 million in 2009 to 43.2 million in 2013, at a CAGR of 5.99%. Credit and charge cards are expected to decline at a forecast-period CAGR of -3.99%, from 13.1 million cards in circulation in 2014 to 11.1 million in 2018. During the review period the charge card category registered a CAGR of -7.88%.
  • The credit crunch, coupled with a decreasing appetite to accumulate debt is expected to discourage consumers from subscribing to credit cards. Credit cards held the smallest share of 11.6% in 2013. In terms of the number of cards in circulation, the category recorded a review-period CAGR of -3.70%. Over the forecast period, credit cards are expected to decline at a CAGR of -0.21% to reach 13.3 million in 2018.
Report Scope
  • This report provides a comprehensive analysis of Italy's cards and payments industry.
  • It provides current values for Italy's cards and payments industry for 2013, and forecast figures for 2018.
  • It details the different economic, infrastructural and business drivers affecting Italy's cards and payments industry.
  • It outlines the current regulatory framework in the industry.
  • It details the marketing strategies used by various banks and other institutions.
  • It profiles the major banks in Italy's cards and payments industry.
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  • Make strategic business decisions using top-level historic and forecast market data related to Italy's cards and payments industry and each market within it.
  • Understand the key market trends and growth opportunities within Italy's cards and payments industry.
  • Assess the competitive dynamics in Italy's cards and payments industry.
  • Gain insights in to the marketing strategies used for selling various card types in Italy.
  • Gain insights into key regulations governing Italy's cards and payments industry.


Table of Contents

1 Executive Summary
2 Analysis of Industry Environment, Key Trends and Drivers
2.1 Payment Infrastructure and emerging technologies
2.1.1 Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs)
2.1.2 Point of sale (POS) terminals
2.1.3 Internet penetration
2.1.4 Contactless technology
2.1.5 Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV)
2.1.6 M-Payment
2.2 Business Drivers
2.2.1 Growth of e-commerce
2.2.2 Retail sales value
2.3 Economic Drivers
2.3.1 Nominal GDP per capita
2.3.2 Real GDP growth
2.3.3 Inflation
3 Cards and Payments Industry Share Analysis
3.1 Industry Overview
3.1.1 Cash
3.1.2 Checks
3.1.3 Direct debits
3.1.4 Credit transfers
3.1.5 Cards
4 Regulatory Framework and Card Fraud Statistics
4.1 Regulatory Framework
4.2 SEPA cards framework
4.3 Anti-money laundering framework
4.3.1 Foreign direct investment (FDI) regulations
4.4 Card Fraud Statistics
4.4.1 Card-not-present
4.4.2 Counterfeit card
4.4.3 Lost or stolen card
4.4.4 Card ID theft
5 Emerging Consumer Attitudes and Trends
5.1 Market Segmentation and Targeting
5.1.1 Retail segment
5.1.2 Corporate segment
5.2 Travel and Tourism Spending
5.2.1 Outbound tourists volume
5.2.2 Outbound tourist spending
5.3 Retail Card Expenditure
5.3.1 Analysis by product categories
5.3.2 Analysis by retail channels
6 Analysis of Card Payments and Growth Prospects
6.1 Channel Share Analysis by Card Category
6.2 Size and Forecast of the Card Payments Channel
6.2.1 Analysis by volume of cards in circulation
6.2.2 Analysis by transaction value
7 Analysis of Credit Card Payments and Growth Prospects
7.1 Overall Category Size and Forecast
7.1.1 Analysis by volume of cards in circulation
7.1.2 Analysis by transaction value
7.1.3 Analysis by transaction volume
7.2 Transaction Share Analysis by Channel
7.2.1 Analysis by transaction value
7.2.2 Analysis by transaction volume
7.3 Personal Credit Cards Size and Forecast
7.3.1 Analysis by volume of cards in circulation
7.3.2 Analysis by transaction value
7.3.3 Analysis by transaction volume
7.4 Commercial Credit Cards Size and Forecast


Companies Mentioned:

Intesa Sanpaola
Banca Nazionale del Lavoro
Deutsche Bank
Findomestic Banca
CartaSi SpA
Bancomat
MasterCard
Visa
American Express
Diners Club