Non-cash payments ticked up 10 percent in 2013 to 366 billion transactions, pulled along by intense growth in developing markets. According to RBS data, nearly a quarter of all global non-cash transaction growth–that’s about 93 billion transactions–happened in those developing markets. China remains less developed than expected for non-cash payments, but it’s growth rate and population mean it could outstrip the U.S. and Europe within the next five years.
“China is one to watch over the coming years, with the report showing that if growth rates remain at the current high level, it could become the largest market for non-cash transactions within just five years. These soaring growth rates in key markets put pressure on the global payments arena to innovate to meet rapidly increasing consumer demand,” William Higgins, managing director of payments, RBS, noted.