Payment Cards Issuing and Acquiring Europe 2018

RBR’s Payment Cards Issuing and Acquiring Europe study gives the most comprehensive and accurate picture of the card issuing, acquiring and processing business in the region.

The report is recognised throughout the industry as the most authoritative source of strategic information on the European cards market. It is based on in-depth primary research, conducted throughout 2017, with card issuers, acquirers and network organisations across the region.


key info and pricing

Published: November 2017
Pages: 1,800
Tables and charts: 1,500
Full report from £15,600
Countries from £1,500 each

geographic coverage

The report comprises two volumes: Volume 1 covers 17 countries in western Europe, and Volume 2 covers 14 countries in central and eastern Europe. Each volume includes a detailed overview of the region and a series of separate country reports

volume 1: Western Europe

Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK

volume 2: CEE

Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine



1 Market overview
• Cashless payments • Banking structure

2 Card products
• Prepaid cards • Debit cards • Charge cards
• Credit cards • Card pricing and product features

3 Card schemes and issuers
• Bank cards • T&E cards • Private label cards
• Contactless cards • Co-branded and affinity cards
• Issuer processing • Major issuers • Card pricing

4 Card statistics
• Card numbers • Transaction volumes and values
• E-commerce • Contactless and mobile wallet usage

5 Issuer processing and card fraud

6 Merchant acquiring
• Contractual arrangements
• Provision of terminals and services
• Merchant processing
• MSCs and interchange fees
• Merchant outlets
• EFTPOS terminals
• Acquired card payments
• Acquiring of e-commerce card payments

7 Detailed issuer and acquirer tables