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Biggest brands in payment cards in the United Kingdom 2016-2019

The market share of the leading payment card schemes in the United Kingdom remained quite stable between 2016 and 2019. In the United Kingdom, there were approximately 84.4 million debit cards with the ability to make contactless payments as of October 2019. Visa was the leading payment card in 2019, with roughly 82 percent of the market share. Over the 2016 to 2019 period, Mastercard has been winning some territory, going from 15 percent of the market share in 2016 to 17 percent in 2019.

Market share of the leading payment card schemes in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2019

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Release date

January 2021


Europe, United Kingdom

Survey time period

2016 to 2019

Supplementary notes

The source mentions the numbers have been compiled "using a mixture of primary and secondary data sources. Primary refers to our own surveys and commissioned research; whereas secondary refers to authoritative third-party vendor data, and other publicly available data." No specifics, however, are given.

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