Credit Cards Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 3/19/2018
SIC Codes: 6021, 6022, 6141, 6153
NAICS Codes: 522210
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Companies in this industry issue credit cards used by consumers and businesses to purchase goods and services in return for payment in full or in installments. Major companies include American Express, Capital One Financial, Discover Financial, Alliance Data Systems (all based in the US) as well as Credit Saison and Mitsubishi UFJ Nicos (both of Japan), Style Financial (Scotland), and SHC Management (South Korea). Major retailers, banks, and oil and gas companies also issue credit cards.

The number of credit cards in circulation exceeds 550 million in the US and 1 billion worldwide, according to CreditCards.com. Just 10 nations account for more than 80% of global credit card issuing revenue, according to consulting firm McKinsey & Co. The US and Brazil are the largest by revenue, accounting for more than half of global revenue. Other major markets include Japan, Canada, the UK, and South Korea.

The US credit card industry includes about 550 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $90 billion.

Financial transaction processors provide transaction services for companies that issue credit cards and to merchants that accept credit card payments. That industry is discussed in a separate profile.

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

New payment technologies, including contactless, digital, and mobile payments, are disrupting the lucrative global payments industry and forcing credit card issuers to innovate and form partnerships. Changing consumer preferences and attitudes toward debt ...

 
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