Spending by way of the bank card in March 2022 jumped 48 per cent year-on-year to prime Rs 1 trillion — 5 months after it had hit the identical determine for the primary time in October 2021, buoyed by festive season expenditure.

The soar has been pushed by the pickup in consumption because the pandemic recedes.

Expenditure in March, at Rs 1.07 trillion, was up 24.5 per cent over February, the information put out by the Reserve Financial institution of India (RBI) confirmed.

Additional, greater than 1.9 million bank cards (on a web foundation) had been added in March — the very best for a month in FY22, taking the quantity to 73.6 million on the finish of the monetary 12 months.

So, in a 12 months, 11.6 million bank cards had been added (on a web foundation). Month-on-month, bank card additions (on a web foundation) elevated by 31.7 per cent.

“March is traditionally a powerful month. Nonetheless, spends traction ought to proceed,” stated an analyst monitoring the numbers.

“We’re seeing consumption developing as Covid-19 recedes,” Anup Bagchi, government director, ICICI Financial institution, had stated in an earnings name final month.


HDFC Financial institution, the biggest bank card issuer within the nation, noticed its market share on this section rise to 26.6 per cent in March from 25.7 per cent in February, whereas for ICICI Financial institution it dropped marginally to 19.4 per cent.

However, SBI Playing cards elevated its market share to 19.1 per cent.

“Each HDFC Financial institution and SBI Playing cards have seen a pointy choose up in spends market share. Since spends normally include a lag of round 6-9 months, the revocation of ban for HDFC Financial institution in August 2021 has lastly resulted in them seeing a pickup in spends market share during the last couple of quarters which is encouraging,” stated Macquarie Analysis in a report.

So far as web bank card addition is anxious, Axis Financial institution, the fourth-largest participant within the area, added the very best quantity at 433,966 among the many prime issuers, adopted by HDFC Financial institution with 263,864, SBI Playing cards with 245,133, and ICICI Financial institution with 205,360.

Internet addition picked up tempo after the RBI in late August final 12 months lifted the prohibition on HDFC Financial institution relating to issuing new bank cards. It added (on a web foundation) virtually 1.8 million playing cards within the interval between September 2021 and March 2022.

In the identical interval, SBI Playing cards added 1.36 million, ICICI Financial institution 1.52 million, and Axis Financial institution 1.72 million.

“There was a pointy soar in card additions by gamers outdoors the highest 8 which has seen a four-fold improve in additions since Sep-2021 and a pointy Rs 100bps enchancment in market share (each in spends and card additions). A better look reveals that BOB Playing cards, IDFC First Financial institution, IndusInd Financial institution and Federal Financial institution have contributed to the rise in card additions,” the report added.

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