Belarus’ Sberbank to Give China’s UnionPay Card Boost on Silk Road Economic Belt

China’s UnionPay has inked a deal with BPS-Sberbank of the Republic of Belarus. Under terms of the agreement, the two parties will cooperate in improving UnionPay’s acceptance network in Belarus, promoting local card issuance, and rolling out UnionPay’s innovative products and services, and thus jointly enhance UnionPay’s service capacity in markets along the Belt and…

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Global Payment Cards (V+MA+AXP+DFS) Tops 5 Billion Up 6% YOY

Global payment cards-in force (CIF) [credit + debit] grew by 19.2% year-on-year (YOY) in the fourth quarter (4Q/16) to 4995 million. However, the figure for 4Q/16 includes 554 million for Visa Europe. (Visa added Visa Europe data as of 3Q/16.) Therefore, discounting Europe, the growth in global CIF was 6.0% YOY, adjusted, according to CardData.…

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UK CMA Greenlights Mastercard Acquisition of VocaLink

The UK’s Competition & Markets Authority has given its blessing to the Mastercard VocaLink deal. The CMA gave final approval for the proposed set of remedies that address the competition concerns the CMA identified earlier this year. The deal is now expected to close in the coming weeks. A powerhouse in bank account-based payments, VocaLink’s…

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EMV Boom Ends – Verifone Looks to Become Device + Services Provider

The slowdown in EMV continues to drag on Verifone’s performance for the first fiscal quarter, ended 1/31/17, (1Q/17). However, the Company notes this year it will launch the next generation devices and services. By scaling these new devices and connecting them with Verifone’s expanded services, the Company hopes it will establish platforms powering the future of…

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E-Wallets – – Top Payment Method by Share of E-Commerce Sales Worldwide

Five in-depth reports on digital payments have been released in the past 30 days covering online payments for North America, Middle East & Africa, Europe, Asia-Pacific regions and globally. The reports were assembled by yStats. A major concern for consumers in North America is the security of their payments, whether by credit card or one…

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