“Portugal’s Cards and Payments Industry: Emerging Opportunities, Trends, Size, Drivers, Strategies, Products and Competitive Landscape “

Date: 2015-09

“Despite the European sovereign debt crisis, the Portuguese card payments channel grew both in terms of volume of cards and transaction value during the review period (2009–2013). In terms of the number of cards in circulation, the card payments channel posted a review-period compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 0.71%, and is expected to record a forecast-period (2014–2018) CAGR of 3.95%. The forecast-period growth is anticipated to be driven by the prepaid cards category.

In terms of transaction value, the card payments channel posted a review-period CAGR of 4.02%, rising from EUR71.5 billion (US$99.4 billion) in 2009 to EUR83.8 billion (US$111.1 billion) in 2013. The channel is expected to post a forecast-period CAGR of 1.53%, increasing from EUR84.5 billion (US$114.0 billion) in 2014 to EUR89.8 billion (US$126.5 billion) in 2018.

E-commerce registered a review-period CAGR of 25.07%, rising from EUR642.9 million (US$893.1 million) in 2009 to EUR1.6 billion (US$2.1 billion) in 2013. Likewise, the total value of retail sales in Portugal increased from EUR40.9 billion (US$56.8 billion) in 2009 to EUR42.2 billion (US$56.0 billion) in 2013.

Portugal’s banking sector was adversely affected by the eurozone crisis. In May 2011, the economic adjustment program was agreed by the Ecofin Council and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board and covers the period between 2011 and 2014. The program offers external financing by the EU, eurozone member states and the IMF of up to EUR78 billion (US$103.4 billion), for possible fiscal financing needs and to provide liquidity support to Portugal’s banking sector.”


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