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Payment methods at POS in the Euro Area 2016, by purchase amount

This statistic displays the share of payment instruments made in the Euro area in 2016, by value range. In 2016, 93 percent of the point of sale (POS) payments under 5 euros were made using cash. When payments went over 100 euros, it was debit cards that were the most popular form of payment at POS, with 35 percent.

Distribution of payment instruments at POS in the Euro Area in 2016, by purchase value

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Release date

November 2017



Survey time period

October 2015 to July 2016

Number of respondents

92,080 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

respondents participated in the diary survey

Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information: "The study is limited to euro area residents aged 18 years and over and excludes payments made by consumers travelling outside of their place of residence, as well as payments made by tourists, other non-residents and payments between businesses."

* The “Other” category includes payment instruments, such as checks, contactless cards, direct debits, credit transfers, mobile payments or other instruments used by households at POS. Due to their low frequency of use, these instruments have been grouped in a single category with two exceptions for payment values between 50-99.99 euros and those over 100 euros, where check and credit transfer are included.

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