Mobile Commerce

Report: In China, Banks Leading Way In Mobile Sales Volume

China’s largest banks last year handled the bulk of mobile sales activity, though younger nonbank competitors handled the most mobile transactions, according to a report released earlier this week.

Banks in the country in 2013 processed 1.67 billion smartphone-initiated worth 9.64 trillion Yuan (about $1.6 trillion). That compared with 3.78 billion transactions worth 1.19 trillion Yuan handled by third-party payment providers, according to People Daily, citing a Payment & Clearing Association of China report.

Banks were even more dominant online, where they handled 23.7 billion transactions worth 1,061 trillion Yuan. By comparison, third-party firms handled 15 billion online transactions worth just 8.96 trillion Yuan, the publication reported.

Earlier this month, Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s new head of retail, outlined a three-part strategy for Apple’s retail future that included stronger emphasis on China as a market.

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