Online retail spending in the US was valued at USD43.2 billion for the second quarter, an increase of 15% compared to last year according to comScore’s Q2 2012 report. The report shows that e-commerce in the US is seeing its eleventh consecutive quarter of growth, but comScore chairman Gian Fulgoni remains cautious for the remainder of 2012.
“Although e-commerce remains strong, we are taking a cautious view of the second half of the year in light of some renewed signs of economic uncertainty and a stubbornly high unemployment rate,” he says.
In addition, the report indicated that 42% of e-commerce transactions included free shipping with the top-performing online product categories including computer hardware, apparel and accessories and digital content and subscriptions growing at least 16% in comparison to 2011.
There are increasing calls for the use of open banking APIs from industry groups and even the UK Treasury. It is clear that this market shift is inevitable, but while this openness will facilitate innovation and drive competition, there is uncertainty.
The European Banking Authority (EBA) has published the long-awaited draft of the Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) covering Secure Customer Authentication (SCA) and secure communication. Tom Hay, head of payments at Icon Solutions shares his thoughts on whether they will be effective.
In another big deal for the global payments industry this week, credit card firm Visa has inked a partnership with digital payments processor PayPal.
The five fintech startups joining credit card company’s Capital One’s new fintech accelerator in Nottingham have been named, including Credit Kudos, Multisense, Pariti, Warwick Analytics and WealRo.