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Global market and competitor intelligence on payment cards, mobile and online payments, merchant acquiring and processing.

The market-leading online, interactive database and data dashboards covering the global cards and payments industry in detail, plus a range of country and regional reports. Leveraging payments market and credit card industry data going back to 2010 – and forecasts up to 2024 – our unique datasets cover countries worldwide and feature more than 250 metrics per market.

Cards networks, acquirers, banks, issuers, merchants, payments service providers, investors and consultancies around the world use our market reports to:

  • Gain insight into payments industry trends around the world
  • Assess their competitive position
  • Benchmark revenue streams across the market
  • Inform their cross-border expansion strategies
  • Identify opportunities in both domestic and international cards markets
  • Understand and compare the dynamics of different payments markets
  • Identify potential partners in new markets across the industry.

Read more about the key metrics included in our payments industry research reports and database.

Country reports

Commentary- and data-packed reports, looking in detail at the cards and payments industry in each country, including key metrics, the regulatory landscape, digital and mobile payment developments, networks' and issuers' competitive positions, merchant acquiring markets, plus economic and demographic indicators.

Australia, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom

Latin America
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay

Middle East
Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates

North America
Canada, United States

Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia

Payments research database

Online access to Country Reports, plus interactive database featuring comparable credit card market data functionality with export to Microsoft Excel&trade. Sign in to the database here.

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About TransUnion (NYSE: TRU)

TransUnion is a global information and insights company that makes trust possible in the modern economy. We do this by providing an actionable picture of each person so they can be reliably represented in the marketplace. As a result, businesses and consumers can transact with confidence and achieve great things. We call this Information for Good®.

A leading presence in more than 30 countries across five continents, TransUnion provides solutions that help create economic opportunity, great experiences, and personal empowerment for hundreds of millions of people.

About Argus Advisory

Leading financial institutions worldwide count on Argus benchmarking data, analytics, models, and advisory services to understand their world today – and make decisions that position them for the future. Competitive benchmarks that boost our client's bottom line. Predictive analytics that improve profits. Fraud prevention tools that protect their assets. Advisory services that accelerate their growth. And new solutions that excite and engage their customers. We translate raw numbers into business intelligence, and business intelligence into real-world actions that power our customers productivity and performance, so they can excel today -- and win tomorrow. We leverage this expansive network of data-powered solutions to supply insights and advice around the world, transforming our unique data and deep domain expertise into our client's business advantage.


On November 13th 2018, Verisk acquired Lafferty Cards and Payments Research Service, a globally recognized online resource providing market and competitor intelligence on payment cards, e-money, acquiring and processing, retail banking, and consumer credit. It has become part of Verisk Financial under Argus Information and Advisory Services. Lafferty Cards and Payments Research Service was formerly known as World Cards Intelligence (WCI).

TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) announced on 8th April 2022 that it has completed the acquisition of Verisk Financial Services ::IT