National Bank of Ukraine informs that the number of payment cards in circulation in Ukraine in 2015 decreased by 11.2 million units – to 59.3 million cards on January 1, 2016, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to UNIAN.
The number of active payment cards, by which were conducted payments during the past 3 months, fell by 2.2 million – to 30.8 million cards.
Number of cardholders dropped by 8.6 million – to 43.1 million people. The number of banks-members of payment systems decreased by 30 – to 98 institutions.
At the same time, the number of entities in trade and services, which use payment terminals, increased by 7.8 thousand – to 131.3 thousand entities.
According to NBU, the share of cashless cards transactions increased by 6.2% – to 384.8 billion, or 31.2% of total payment cards transactions. The share of cashless transactions increased by 9.6% to 1.3 billion transactions, which is 65.5% of the total.
The cardholders mainly conducted operations in Ukraine (98.1%), while outside Ukraine they carried only 1.9% of transactions. The most volume of cards were issued and used in Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv regions.