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In 3 years 90% retail digital payments will be UPI: PwC India report

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UPI is projected to account for 90% of the total transaction volume in retail digital payments over the next five years

New Delhi: Growing at a steady pace, UPI transactions are likely to reach 1 billion per day by 2026-27, accounting for 90% of the retail digital payments in the country, said a PwC India report.

Unified Payments Interface (UPI), which is driving the digital payments revolution, accounted for about 75% of the total transaction volume in the retail segment during 2022-23, said the PwC report titled “The Indian Payments Handbook 2022-27”.

UPI is projected to account for 90% of the total transaction volume in retail digital payments over the next five years, the report said.

The Indian digital payments market saw steady growth at a CAGR of 50% (volume-wise) and is expected to reach 411 billion transactions in FY 2026-27 from 103 billion in FY 2022-23, the report said.

“It is estimated that UPI will record 1 billion transactions per day by FY2026 2027, going from 83.71 billion transactions in 2022-23 to 379 billion transactions by 2026-27,” it added.

It further said the credit card segment continues to grow at a healthy rate, as card (both debit and credit) payment is one of the most used instruments for retail digital payments after UPI. The volume of transactions in credit cards is expected to surpass debit cards by FY 2024 2025.

While credit card issuance is expected to grow at a healthy CAGR of 21% in the next five years, debit card issuance is expected to have a stagnant growth with a CAGR of 3% in the same period, the report said.

“The decline in debit card usage is because the major use case of debit card transactions is cash withdrawal, which can now be replaced by an easier way of withdrawing cash using UPI,” it added.

Mihir Gandhi, Partner and Payments Transformation Leader, PwC India, said that in the next five years, the payments industry is expected to focus on ecosystem expansion and new use cases for existing payment platforms.

“Areas like embedded and ecosystem finance, digital lending based on payment transactions and offline payments will drive the next phase of growth for the payments industry. In the ever-evolving Indian payments landscape, innovation and inclusion are paving the way for a seamless digital economy,” Gandhi said.

The PwC report further said revenue through the credit card business accounts for nearly 76% of the overall cards’ revenue in 2022 2023, making it a lucrative business segment for banks, NBFCs and FinTech.

The revenue for credit card issuance increased by 42%t in 2022 2023 compared to 2021 2022 and is likely to grow by a CAGR of 33% for the next five years, it added

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