Digital disbursements are appearing in unexpected markets, such as sports betting platforms and boatsharing sites. Uber’s and Lyft’s initial public offerings (IPOs) are expected to take place this year, which bring more light to their respective financials, and North American retailers are adopting Alipay in brick-and-mortar stores and online. At the same time, the share of households with subscription video on demand/over-the-top (SVOD/OTT) services is growing in the U.K. All this, Today In Data.
700 million: The number of active annual Alipay users exceeded this figure in 2018.
85.3 million: The number of U.S. taxpayers who received federal tax refunds via direct deposit as of May 2018.
84 percent: The share of consumers who prefer to provide debit cards as identifiers to receive instant funds.
22 percent: The increase in the share of U.K. households with SVOD/OTT services reported in Q3 2018 over the same period a year earlier.
$14.2 billion: The gross bookings of Uber in the fourth quarter of 2018.