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Debit card payments rise over 40% in April-Aug

Last Updated: Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 16:10

Mumbai: Indicating a spurt in economic activities, payments made through debit cards rose over 40 percent to Rs 9,911 crore in the first five months of this fiscal over the year-ago period.

With the global financial condition slowly stabilising, there are signs of the domestic economy recovering and growing at a faster pace now.
Data available with Reserve Bank shows that debit card payments touched Rs 9,911 crore for the five months ended August, an over 40 per cent surge compared to the corresponding period a year ago.

In the comparable period, the same stood at Rs 7,017 crore.

"The rise in debit card payment is due to rise in economic activities. These are on expected lines as there are signs of recovery," said an economist with a leading bank on condition of anonymity.

On the other hand, credit card transactions in the country has slumped by more than 12 percent in the first five months of this fiscal to Rs 24,427 crore as shoppers have decided against using their cards amid the ongoing economic slowdown.
The amount involved in such transactions last fiscal till August was Rs 27,834 crore but started declining towards the end of the last fiscal to manage Rs 65,355 crore in the complete financial year.

Bureau Repor

First Published: Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 16:10

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