Card payments annual value in Italy 2001-2018

The value of card payments in Italy grew between 2001 and 2007 and after dropping in 2008, the growing trend picked up again. In 2018, the total value of transactions amounted to approximately 200 billion euros. Similarly, the number of card payments also grew impressively in the last few years, reaching over three billion in 2018.

Debit cards on the rise

While the number of credit cards fluctuated in the last few years in Italy, debit cards appear to have increased in popularity. In fact, after reaching an all-time low in 2014, the number of active credit cards in Italy grew in the following years, reaching in 2018 the same figure recorded in 2010. On the other hand, the number of active debit cards in the country increased steadily over the same period, reaching over 56 million in 2018.

Payment cards in Europe

Despite not being able to imagine life without cash, Italians recorded the second highest number of payment cards in the European Union, according to data published by the European Central Bank. The ranking shows that there is a total of approximately 85 million payment cards in Italy. Only Germany recorded a higher figure: the country topped the list with 147 million.

Total value of card transactions in Italy from 2001 to 2018

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Release date

August 2019



Survey time period

2001 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Except cards with an e-money function only.
Data prior to 2014 were previously published by the source

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