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European Consumers Need Multiple Online Payment Methods

Understanding The Diversity Of Payment Behaviors Among Online Buyers

July 15, 2009


  • By Lauriane Camus,
  • Patti Freeman Evans
  • with Benjamin Ensor,
  • Edward Kountz,
  • Brendan McGowan

Why Read This Report

European online buyers still use a mix of electronic and offline payment methods when purchasing on the Internet. Plastic card (e.g., credit and debit card) payment methods dominate online purchases in most countries, and European online buyers are beginning to broadly adopt services like PayPal. In Q3 2008, for example, one-third of European online buyers used PayPal when purchasing products and services in the past three months. Online merchants should tailor the methods that appeal to the customers in each nation served.

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Table of Contents

  • Credit Card Penetration And Alternative Payments Ease Online Buying
  • Strong National Preferences Persist

  • European Retailers Must Stick To Offering Multiple Online Payment Methods
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