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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

564.6 billion euros

CB realized a turnover of 564.60 billion of euros in 2017, an increase of 4.02% compared to 2016.

Number of transactions

11.90 billions of transactions

11.90 billion of transactions carried out by CB in 2017, an increase of 5.56% compared to 2016, with 10.50 billion payments and 1.40 billion ATM withdrawals.

Number of cards in circulation

68.25 millions of cards

With 68.25 million cards in circulation in 2017, CB increases the number of cards with almost than 2.65% growth compared to 2016.

CB operations details

Total transaction value (In billion of euros)
2011201220132014201520162017Charges 16/17
Payments344.30365.17379.02394.78405.74422.68439.153.90%
Withdrawals113.86115.84117.23118.41118.85120.11125.454.45%
Total458.16481.01496.25513.18524.59542.79564.604.02%

Number of transactions (In billions)
2011201220132014201520162017Changes 16/17
Payments7.297.788.188.709.159.8610.506.48%
Withdrawals1.491.491.481.491.451.411.40-0.87%
Total8.789.279.6610.1810.5911.2711.905.56%
Average Payment (in €)47.2446.9546.3445.3944.3642.8741.83-2.43%
Average withdrawals (in €)76.1677.5679.2879.7082.1984.9689.525.36%

Number of cards and transactions using CB cards (in millions)
2011201220132014201520162017Changes 16/17
Number of CB cards60.0560.6361.7162.7764.4766.4968.252.65%
Number of payments/card/year121.38128.28132.55138.57141.87148.28153.823.74%
Number of withdrawals/card/year24.9024.6323.9623.6722.4321.2620.53-3.43%

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