In Germany, 32% of the holders of contactless debit cards such as girocard are now taking advantage of the opportunity to pay “on the go”. This is the outcome of a survey commis-sioned by the Bundesbank. “Contactless payment has thus become a fixture of daily life,” according to Bundesbank Executive Board member Burkhard Balz.
Initial figures from the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) indicate that the German economy expanded for the tenth consecutive year in 2019. However, momentum has tailed off: GDP growth was only 0.6% on the year, following a year-on-year uptick of 1.5% in 2018.
Households have financial assets worth €6.3 trillion
The financial assets of households in Germany increased by €67 billion in the third quarter of 2019 and now amount to roughly €6.3 trillion. These financial assets consist, in particular, of low-risk assets like currency, deposits and claims on insurance corporations and pension funds.