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Christmas season 2017: overview of the most important payment trends and figures

+ Significantly more credit card payments and contactless transactions than in December 2016
+ Customers of Concardis once again generated more sales in the Christmas season compared to the previous year
+ The Concardis infographic on the 2017 Christmas season provides an overview of the most important figures and results

Eschborn, 31 January 2018. The payment trends of recent years are accelerating: credit card payments are rapidly increasing and contactless payment amongst Concardis customers is at an all-time high. This is evident in the analysis of the 2017 Christmas season.

In December 2017, at the ten Concardis retail customers with the highest sales, credit card payments increased by 13 per cent compared to the same month in the previous year. It is noteworthy that credit cards are increasingly being used to make payments for even small amounts. Contactless payments made using a credit card are also on the rise: during the Christmas season, the ten Concardis customers with the greatest proportion of contactless payments recorded an increase of 150 per cent compared to December 2016.

The most important figures of the 2017 Christmas season compared to the previous year:

  • Credit card payments: up 13 per cent
    amongst the ten Concardis retail customers with the highest sales.
  • Contactless payments: up 150 per cent
    amongst the ten Concardis customers with the most contactless credit card transactions.
  • December sales: up eight per cent
    amongst the ten Concardis retail customers with the highest sales.
  • Advent weekend sales: up 14 per cent
    amongst the ten Concardis retail customers with the highest sales.

‘The 2017 Christmas season clearly shows that, in Germany, consumers are more frequently using a card to pay for their purchases. Above all, they want to pay quickly and easily. Having to make your way to a cash machine is increasingly considered as annoying. Our numbers and observations show that this development will gain further momentum. Since the topic of contactless and mobile payments is on everyone’s lips, many want to try it. Anyone who has done it once, will not want to stop using it,’ says Marcus W. Mosen, CEO of Concardis.

Most mobile payment procedures, such as Apple Pay and Google Pay, are based on near-field communication (NFC) technology, which is also used for contactless payments made by card. For retailers, this makes accepting payments via mobile wallet quite simple: they only need an NFC-compatible terminal in addition to an acceptance agreement. All current Concardis terminals are equipped with this technology as standard. The customer simply holds their NFC-enabled credit or debit card, or their smartphone, near the terminal to initiate the transaction – and for amounts up to 25 euros, they do not even need to sign or enter their PIN.

 

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