Rakuten Group to combine its mobile payments and credit card business units

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The struggling Japanese company intends to fold together several of its units, according to recent announcements. Rakuten Group, headquartered in Japan, has announced its intentions to fold its mobile payments and points businesses into its credit card unit. This move could align the company to eventually list its card business as it has done with others. Even though Rakuten earns solid earnings from its e-commerce business, it has continually lost money over 12 straight quarters as a result of the expensive expansion of its mobile payments business, which didn’t gain…

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Mobile wallets see a decline in top-ups in some regions

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As popular as these digital payment methods have become, they are declining in the Bahamas. In the Bahamas, the use of mobile wallets has become commonplace, but over the first five months of the year, a declining trend was recorded in top-ups. The decline wasn’t a slight one, it was practically a freefall in the amount of money topped up. During the first five months of 2022, top ups to mobile wallets reached $38.4 million. During the same period in 2023, that figure reached only $7.1 million, a fraction of…

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Mobile payments are changing the financial shape of Côte d’Ivoire

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Digital options are helping the African country to make important steps forward domestically and internationally. Côte d’Ivoire has been making massive strives in its region of Africa in both its growth and investment inflows, and mobile payments options are now becoming central to its efforts to become a digital financial inclusion pioneer. Following the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s key indices were quick to recover. The West African nation’s GDP growth had already reached 7 percent in 2021 and had fully returned to pre-pandemic levels despite its plummet…

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New cross-border mobile payments agreement between India and Nepal inked

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The governments have designed an agreement to allow visitors to Nepal to use the digital transactions. The Indian and Nepalese governments have come to an agreement for the launch of a new mobile payments service that will allow visitors to use the option to pay for goods and services. Residents of the countries will be able to use their phones to pay for what they want when traveling. The hope is that the mobile payments option will make it easier for visitors from India to Nepal to travel and pay…

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Romania has highest mobile payments use of all Central and Eastern European Countries

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A recent Visa regional study found that Romanians have the greatest preference to use their phones to pay. Visa recently conducted a regional study on preferred transaction methods and found that Romania had the highest preference for using mobile payments among all eight Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries. The adoption rate for the country was the highest, with about 7 of 10 people using this method. The regional study showed that among CEE countries, Romania had the highest mobile payments adoption rate. Seven in 10 people in the country…

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