Spain Payments Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Spain Payments Market is Segmented by Mode of Payment (Point of Sale (Card Payments, Digital Wallet, Cash), Online Sale (Card Payments, Digital Wallet)), and by End-user Industries (Retail, Entertainment, Healthcare, Hospitality).

Market Snapshot

Spain Payments Market Size
Study Period: 2020-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 9.6 %

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Market Overview

Spain is a mature market where digital wallets, credit cards, and cash dominate the payments landscape. Payments and transactions are changing rapidly, owing to the growing enterprises and consumer propensity toward digital transformation and the proliferation of smartphones. The technological advancements in smartphones, digital payment cards, and POS at retail terminals are fueling the market's growth. ​ The market is expected to register a CAGR of 9.6% during the forecast period (2022 - 2027).

  • Various emerging economies and growing nations worldwide, including Spain, are following prominent increase rates in the adoption of mobile payments due to ease of performing transactions or penetration of smartphones and the financial inclusion features offered by the technology.
  • Tourism is an essential element of the Spanish economy, and encouraging citizens and international visitors to book flights and accommodations after COVID-19 is essential to the growth of Spanish e-commerce. Time savings are increasingly cited as the most important motivating factor for online purchases. In contrast, price considerations have become less critical, suggesting that the value of online shopping baskets can increase as Spaniards spend less and less time.
  • Recently, many vendors have developed Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) services that issue virtual cards via mobile apps. This service can be widely used for in-store payments and online transactions at merchants that accept card payments. The surge in BNPL usage in Spain in recent years indicates that more and more people see these services as a convenient and cheap way to shop. Sellers of BNPL services are increasingly accepting both online and over-the-counter transactions.
  • Increasing international trade, internationalization of production, and cross-border e-commerce show that the demand for digital cross-border payments continues to grow worldwide. However, digital payments from one country to another can be more costly, time-consuming, and less transparent than domestic payments due to the complex process. This can hinder the growth of the adoption of digital payments for cross-border transactions between local businesses, especially SMEs.
  • Acceptance of digital payment methods has improved post-COVID-19 and play a more critical role in the long run. Cash is considered a potential carrier of the virus, and governments and regulatory agencies have advised against its use. For example, cash use in Europe has been halved in the last few days after the government's blockade, and essential shops are increasingly avoiding cash transactions.

Scope of the Report

The Spanish payments market is segmented by two modes of payment - POS and e-commerce. E-commerce payments include online purchases of both goods and services, such as purchases made on e-commerce websites and online booking of travel and accommodation. However, it does not include online purchases of motor vehicles, real estate, utility bill payments (such as water, heating, and electricity), mortgage payments, loans, credit card bills, or purchases of shares and bonds. As for POS, all transactions that occur at the physical point of sale are included in the scope of the market. It includes traditional in-store transactions as well as all face-to-face transactions, regardless of where they take place. Cash is also considered for both cases (cash-on-delivery for e-commerce sales).

By Mode of Payment
Point of Sale
Card Payments (includes Debit Cards, Credit Cards, Bank Financing Prepaid Cards)
Digital Wallet (includes Mobile Wallets)
Cash
Others
Online Sale
Card Payments (includes Debit Cards, Credit Cards, Bank Financing Prepaid Cards)
Digital Wallet (includes Mobile Wallets)
Others (includes Cash on Delivery, Bank Transfer, and Buy Now, Pay Later)
By End-user Industry
Retail
Entertainment
Healthcare
Hospitality
Other End-user Industries

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Key Market Trends

Retail industry to see significant growth in the country

  • The payment market is changing with consumer behavior. Cashless economies, mobile banking, instant payments, digital commerce, and increasing regulatory influence affect the payments market, mainly in the retail industry. Contactless payments also simplify the checkout process and are more convenient for consumers who benefit from shorter cues, no cash hassles, and faster cues.
  • E-commerce payment settings continue to move from cash and credit cards to digital wallets, buy now and pay later (BNPL). Factors contributing to the decline in credit card share include the rise of alternative payment methods, volume shifts to credit and debit-linked digital wallets, consumers choosing interest-free credit in the form of BNPL, and so on. Also, travel, which is becoming more and more popular, is still recovering from the effects of the pandemic.
  • In the coming months, Spain is expected to witness the integration of trends observed during the pandemic. Retailers can be noted to add new product lines and new plans to reach new goals. Commercial lines that are not part of the core business use the latest contactless shopping technology to turn stores into experiential destinations and integrate online channels with specific areas to shop and receive orders.
  • Further, booking systems, online ticketing, and QR codes for menus and payments are some of the technologies created to minimize physical contact. One of the rapidly growing use cases for barcodes in the retail sector is in-store payment, specifically, using consumer apps to generate a QR code, which can then be scanned at checkout to transfer payment information. These kinds of payment options will leverage the payments market in the country.
  • However, cash has historically dominated retail payments and is still the preferred payment method in the country. Due to the increased awareness and profits associated with cards, consumers are gradually moving to digital payments. In this country, the adoption of digital payment services, mainly card payments, is increasing rapidly to make transactions more convenient and straightforward.
Spain Payments Market Trends

Increased adoption for contactless and digital payments is driving the market

  • Digitization of payments as the mainstream trading method from cash to digital mode is driving the growth of the markets studied. The country can be identified by heavy card payments such as debit cards and credit cards. Increasing demand for contactless card payments is also a significant market driver. Contactless payments have existed for some time, even before the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic fuelled this trend.
  • Spanish digital wallet PayPal and local wallet BBVA wallet have a significant market share in 2021, followed by credit cards as the region's leading e-commerce payment method. In Spain, digital wallets, credit cards, and BNPL are increasing, but debit cards, bank transfers, and cash on delivery stocks are expected to decline by 2025.
  • The rapid adoption of contactless payments has set Spain into a significant payment market. The country's people are enthusiastic about these methods and surged in recent years, especially in 2020, when the market peaked in cash usage declines. Increasing retailer acceptance of payment cards and increased adoption of contactless technology are also expected to facilitate card payments, thereby reducing cash dependence in the economy over the next few years.
  • The domestic contactless payment limit has been raised to facilitate the adoption of contactless payments. Further, to expand the use of transit, in September 2021, the Ministry of Transport and Renfe installed a POS terminal at Cercanías Station with the support of MasterCard and Santander, allowing travelers to use the card for contactless payment by announcing the launch of the Cronos Project, which enables contactless payments.
  • Furthermore, the country is anticipated to benefit from the rolling out of SCT Inst. In December 2021, BNP Paribas announced that it continues to roll out the SEPA Instant Payments plan across Europe and has now activated SEPA Instant credit transfers in Spain for its corporate customers, including EDPR a key player in the renewable energy sector.
Spain Payments Market Growth

Competitive Landscape

Spanish payments operate in a moderately competitive market with the presence of various payment service providers in the country. The competition is intensifying in the region with new innovations and technology adoptions made by the existing and new entrants.

  • January 2022 - Ford Motor Company and Stripe have signed a five-year contract to accelerate the e-commerce capabilities of automakers and provide Ford and Lincoln customers with an always-on experience. Stripe and Ford will work together to expand the online payment infrastructure to serve customers and merchants in the North American and European markets.
  • September 2020 - PayPal and Mastercard announced that it will continue to expand the popular PayPal Business Debit Mastercard worldwide. With a debit card, small businesses can quickly access their PayPal balance and get an unlimited 0.5% cash back. PayPal Business Debit Mastercard is now available in five new European countries: Austria, France, Ireland, Italy, and Spain.

Recent Developments

  • May 2022 - Adyen announced that it expanded its partnership with Afterpay Limited, one of the leading BNPL providers. Afterpay has partnered with Adyen to process payments in key markets such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe, the United States, and the United Kingdom to support the company's global growth and momentum.
  • March 2022 - Skrill has launched a new and innovative Skrill Prepaid Mastercard for Apple Pay for fast and secure contactless payments. Users can add both virtual and physical Skrill Prepaid Mastercards to Apple Pay, making it safer to pay in stores, apps, and the web using iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, or Mac.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definitions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET INSIGHTS

    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Stakeholder Analysis

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness-Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    4. 4.4 Evolution of the payments landscape in the country

    5. 4.5 Key market trends pertaining to the growth of cashless transaction in the country

    6. 4.6 Impact of COVID-19 on the payments market in the country

  5. 5. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 High adoption of e-commerce, including the rise of mobile and online payments, supported by increased consumer purchasing power

      2. 5.1.2 Enablement Programs by Key Retailers and Government encouraging digitization and contactless payments in the market

    2. 5.2 Market Challenges

      1. 5.2.1 Lack of a standard legislative policy remains especially in the case of cross-border transactions

    3. 5.3 Market Opportunities

      1. 5.3.1 Move towards Cashless Society

      2. 5.3.2 New Entrants to Drive Innovation Leading to Higher Adoption

    4. 5.4 Key Regulations and Standards in the Digital Payments Industry

    5. 5.5 Analysis of major case studies and use-cases

    6. 5.6 Analysis of key demographic trends and patterns related to payments industry in the country (Coverage to include Population, Internet Penetration, Banking Penetration/Unbanking Population, Age & Income etc.)

    7. 5.7 Analysis of the increasing emphasis on customer satisfaction and convergence of global trends in the country

    8. 5.8 Analysis of cash displacement and rise of contactless payment modes in the country

  6. 6. Market Segmentation

    1. 6.1 By Mode of Payment

      1. 6.1.1 Point of Sale

        1. 6.1.1.1 Card Payments (includes Debit Cards, Credit Cards, Bank Financing Prepaid Cards)

        2. 6.1.1.2 Digital Wallet (includes Mobile Wallets)

        3. 6.1.1.3 Cash

        4. 6.1.1.4 Others

      2. 6.1.2 Online Sale

        1. 6.1.2.1 Card Payments (includes Debit Cards, Credit Cards, Bank Financing Prepaid Cards)

        2. 6.1.2.2 Digital Wallet (includes Mobile Wallets)

        3. 6.1.2.3 Others (includes Cash on Delivery, Bank Transfer, and Buy Now, Pay Later)

    2. 6.2 By End-user Industry

      1. 6.2.1 Retail

      2. 6.2.2 Entertainment

      3. 6.2.3 Healthcare

      4. 6.2.4 Hospitality

      5. 6.2.5 Other End-user Industries

  7. 7. Competitive Landscape

    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 2Checkout

      2. 7.1.2 Getswish AB

      3. 7.1.3 Braintree

      4. 7.1.4 Paymill

      5. 7.1.5 Stripe

      6. 7.1.6 WorldPay

      7. 7.1.7 Klarna Bank AB

      8. 7.1.8 QuickPay

      9. 7.1.9 Nochex

      10. 7.1.10 Wirecard

    2. *List Not Exhaustive
  8. 8. Investment Analysis

  9. 9. Future Outlook of the Market

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Spain Payments Market market is studied from 2020 - 2027.

The Spain Payments Market is growing at a CAGR of 9.6% over the next 5 years.

PayPal, Stripe, Inc., Adyen, 2Checkout, Authorize.net are the major companies operating in Spain Payments Market.

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