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Number of point of sale terminals in France 2009-2019

 Between 2009 and 2019, the number of payment terminals in points of sale (POS terminals) has significantly increased: from almost 1.4 million to more than 2 million in 2019. These POS terminals are payment terminals for credit or debit card transactions. The number of payment cards issued in France reached more than 84 million in 2019.

Paying with a credit card: the most common payment method

  In the Statista Global Consumer Survey conducted in early 2020, more than six French respondents out of ten said having paid with a credit card in stores, restaurants or other points of sales during the past year: it was the second most used payment methods in physical stores after cash. Moreover, almost 90 percent of the French surveyed in 2018 stated using a credit card for online purchases, while about half of them stated having used an online payment service. 

Innovative payment methods gaining on popularity

  Among emerging payment methods, the use of contactless payments with a bank card was the most popular in France in 2018: 61 percent of French people had already used this mean of payment, while online payment services were used by half of those surveyed. Peer-to-peer payment services were also gaining interested users. Regarding the popularity of these services, PayPal was the most known app for peer-to-peer online payments, and the French alternative Paylib ranked second.

Total number of payment terminals (POS) in France from 2009 to 2019

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period

2009 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures prior to 2015 were previously published by the source.

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