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CB, French payment system
CB, a card payment system, is the leader in France with more than 10 billion transactions per year. The system is managed by the Groupement des Cartes Bancaires CB.

Key figures

Key figures

In number of transactions, since 2001 there have been more payments by CB card than by cheque.


Total transaction value

592.5 billion euros

CB realized a turnover of 592.54 billion of euros in 2016, an increase of 4.8% compared to 2015.

Number of transactions

12.11 billions of transactions

12.11 billion of transactions carried out by CB in 2016, an increase of 7.4% compared to 2015, with 10.64 billion payments and 1.47 billion ATM withdrawals.

Number of cards in circulation

66.5 millions of cards

With 66.5 million cards in circulation in 2016, CB increases the number of cards with almost than 3.1% growth compared to 2015.

CB operations details

Total transaction value (In billion of euros)
200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016Changes 15/16
Payments236.8257.3283.3303.8312.9336.2362.4385.2401.9420.1440.0465.65.8%
Withdrawals88.692.298.5109.1113.2115.0119.4121.6122.4124.6125.4126.91.1%
Total325.4349.5381.8412.9426.1451.2481.8506.9524.3544.7565.4592.54.8%

Number of transactions (In billions)
200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016Changes 15/16
Payments4.985.345.856.246.617.067.578.108.589.149.7810.648.8%
Withdrawals1.291.331.411.521.531.511.541.541.531.541.501.47-2.0%
Total6.276.677.267.768.148.579.119.6410.1110.6811.2812.117.4%
Average Payment (in €)47.648.248.448.747.947.647.947.646.8345.9444.9843.76-2.7%
Average withdrawals (in €)68.569.570.171.974.276.277.578.980.1181.1183.7186.4286.42

Number of cards and transactions using CB cards (in millions)
20052006200720082009201020112012201320142015Changes 15/162016
Number of CB cards51.253.655.757.558.459.860.060.661.762.864.53.1%66.5
Number of payments/card/year103.5105.3110.5108.6113.1118.2126.5133.6139.1145.7151.75.5%160.0
Number of withdrawals/card/year25.324.825.226.426.125.325.725.424.824.523.2-5.0%22.1

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