POS transactions increase to N4.6 trillion within seven months

POS transactions in Nigeria have increased to N4.6 trillion in the first seven months of 2022, a 29.3% increase compared to N3.56 trillion recorded in the corresponding period of 2021 and a staggering 90.3% increase when compared to the same period of 2020.

This is according to data culled from the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) between January and July 2022. In the same vein, the volume of transactions rose by 25% year-on-year to 679.8 million in the same period from 543.7 million recorded in the previous year.

The increase in both the volume and value of POS transactions is an indication of how Nigerians are increasingly leaning away from cash payments in lieu of electronic transactions and reflects the growth of online shopping in Nigeria’s commercial space.

Notably, the volume and value of cheque transactions dropped in the same period. Specifically, a total of N1.83 trillion was recorded through cheques in the 7-month period across 2.4 million transactions a decline compared to the comparable period of 2021.

It was gathered that in  the month of July 2022, POS transactions stood at N724.7 billion, representing the highest monthly value on record based on data tracked since July 2022.

A further check of the historical data showed that the value of POS transactions in Nigeria has almost tripled compared to 2018 when the NIBSS began the release of the data. In the seven months period of 2018, a total of N1.2 trillion worth of transactions were recorded, rising to N1.66 trillion in 2019 before the covid-19 pandemic triggered a significant rise in 2020.

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