Number of cash machines in Italy 2009-2018

The number of Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) in Italy decreased steadily in the last few years. In fact, after counting over 54 thousand ATMs in 2009, Italy saw this number decline to 47.7 thousand in 2018. This decline went hand in hand with the decrease in the number of bank branches, which went down to 25.4 thousand in 2018, from 33.6 thousand in 2011. Most likely, this is due to the fact that the increasing popularity of home and mobile banking has reduced the need for people to visit bank offices.

A similar trend in the EU

Similarly, the number of bank branches has fallen in the whole European Union. Overall the number of bank branches declined from 237.7 thousand in 2008 to 174 thousand in 2018. Also ATMs experienced a similar trend, with the number decreasing steadily since the peak of nearly 456 thousand recorded in 2014.

POS payments on the rise

A decrease in bank branches and ATMs (both in numbers and in use by customers) is also due to the increasing easiness of card payments. In fact, the number of Point of Sales (POS) terminals in Italy increased more than twofold since 2009, reaching over 3.1 million in 2018. This led to an identic spike in card payments at POS terminals, which exceeded three million in 2018.

Total number of ATMs in Italy from 2009 to 2018

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Release date

August 2019



Survey time period

2009 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Data prior to 2014 in earlier publications by the source.
Figures have been rounded.

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