Digital Payments in Europe to surge 30% this year

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The surge in the use of mobile phones and the rise of the eCommerce market, especially amid the coronavirus pandemic, has led to the rapid adoption of digital payments worldwide. European countries are no exception, with millions of people choosing cashless payments over cash and credit cards.

According to data presented by, Europe is set to witness the most impressive digital payments growth this year, with transaction value surging by 28.3% to $1.17trn. The noticeable upward trend is expected to continue in the following years, with the entire industry reaching $1.95trn value by 2025.

Mobile Payments to Surge by 130% in the Next Four Years

Over the last few years, cashless payments have become an appealing alternative to many European consumers, causing a significant impact on the payments industry traditionally dominated by cash, credit cards, and debit cards.

In 2017, the digital payments industry in Europe hit $668bn transaction value, revealed the Statista survey. This figure jumped by 30% to $877.5bn in the next two years, as real-time payments, mobile wallets, and P2P mobile payments continued drawing many new users.

Statistics show that the entire sector’s growth slowed down as the COVID-19 hit the European markets, with transaction value rising by 4% year-over-year to $918.9bn in 2020.

However, the European digital payments industry is set to witness the most impressive growth in 2021, with transaction value rising by more than $260bn in a year. Statista data indicate digital payments in Europe will surge by another $775bn by 2025, more than the entire transaction value in 2018.

As the market’s largest segment, digital commerce transactions dropped by 12% amid the coronavirus outbreak, with their value falling from $767.7bn in 2019 to $674.2bn in 2020. However, this figure is forecast to jump by 22% YoY to $823.6bn in 2021. By 2025, the European digital commerce industry is set to reach $1.12trn value.

On the other hand, the mobile POS payments segment witnessed impressive growth amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Statistics show mobile payments are expected to contribute 30% or almost $355.7bn to the European digital payments value in 2021, 225% more than before the pandemic. The entire segment is forecast to surge by 130% in the following years and hit an $825.2bn value by 2025.

Spain and Italy to Witness the Highest Growth in Digital Payments

With a $271.4bn worth of digital payments in 2021, the United Kingdom represents the leading digital payments market in Europe. Statistics show digital payments in the UK jumped by 40% since the COVID-19 outbreak. By 2025, their transaction value is forecast to jump by another 60% to $439bn.

Germany ranked as the second-largest European digital payments industry with a $178.2bn transaction value in 2021, a 14% increase in two years. The Statista data also revealed Germany has the highest number of digital commerce users in Europe, or 62.4 million. By 2025, the German digital payments market is expected to hit $274.8bn value.

Digital payments in France, as Europe’s third-largest market, are set to grow by 26.7% YoY to $127.1bn in 2021. In the next four years, this figure is expected to jump to almost $225bn.

However, Italy and Spain are set to witness the most impressive digital payments growth this year, with their transaction values rising by 32.7% and 32.3% year-over-year to $66.7bn and $65.8bn, respectively.

Statistics show that Italian digital payments are set to double and hit almost $123bn value by 2025. The transaction value in the Spanish digital payments market is expected to jump by 60% to $105.1bn in this period.

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Chris Price
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