Number of cashless transactions worldwide 2013-2022, by region

In 2017, 160.6 billion U.S. dollars in non-cash transactions were carried out in North America, higher than any other region. Europe and emerging Asia followed, with 134 and 124 billion U.S. dollars in transactions respectively. By 2022, Europe is expected to slightly exceed North America, while emerging Asia was expected to nearly triple the value of such transactions, exceeding 350 billion U.S. dollars.

What are non-cash transactions?

The major non-cash payment methods remain credit and debit cards, direct debits, and credit transfers. However, financial technology (fintech) firms have developed a variety of mobile alternatives, though these depend largely on the existing methods. For example, the money transfer and payment service PayPal accepts credit card and bank transfer, and virtual wallets such as Apple Pay, Google Wallet, and Samsung Pay simply tokenize existing credit cards for more secure transfers.

The persistence of cash

While many countries are increasing the value of cashless payments they process, some are continuing to use cash. Advocates of cash payments argue that it requires no technological investment such as a smartphone, and that cash payments protect privacy by being impossible to track. There may also be an impact of generation on payment methods, but it does not seem to indicate a significant reluctance of older generations to embrace technology.

Number of non-cash transactions worldwide from 2013 to 2022, by region

North AmericaEurope (including Eurozone)Mature Asia-PacificLatin AmericaEmerging AsiaMEA
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Release date

September 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2013 to 2017

Supplementary notes

* Forecast.

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