Number of POS terminals in Italy 2009-2018

In 2017, in Italy there were 2.46 million Point of Sales (POS) terminals. This number increased steadily since 2010, when the country counted approximately 1.35 million POS terminals. The increase went hand in the hand with the growth in the number of card payments at such terminals and the overall increasing popularity of cashless solutions.

Cashless solutions increasingly popular

Cashless solutions seem to be becoming more and more widespread in Italy. As mentioned before, card payments at POS increased steadily in the last few years, reaching 2.7 billion in 2017. A closer look at the methods of payments shows that the highest growth was to be seen in the number of debit card transactions. This figure increased more than twofold from 2009 to 2017, when the number of debit card payments in Italy reached 1.94 billion.

Italians spend more with cards

The increasing popularity of cashless payments is a trend all over the European Union. In fact, the total number of card payments in the EU reached 69.2 billion in 2017, increasing from 46.2 billion in 2013. Which means an average increase of 10 percent every year (443931).

Total number of POS terminals in Italy from 2009 to 2018

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Release date

August 2019



Survey time period

2009 to 2018

Supplementary notes

POS terminal provided by resident Payment Service Providers (PSPs).
Data prior to 2014 in earlier publications from ECB.

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