Online Payments in the US: Navigating The Marketplace

Celent predicts that the online payment industry will capture US$12.5 billion in revenues by 2005, up from US$8.0 billion in 2003.

In a new report, “Online Payments in The U.S.: Navigating The Marketplace,” Celent examines the online payment marketplace, its key participants, and the major trends affecting it. Based on over 100 interviews with industry executives, the report is a sweeping review of one of the fastest-growing segments of the U.S. payment industry.

Among its key findings, the report anticipates that innovative payment services providers will experience a 55% revenue CAGR between 2003 and 2005, the industry�s fastest growth. The report points to significant opportunities lying ahead for some payment services providers� such as check authorization providers�and downplays the prospects of others, such as micro-payment ventures. Celent predicts that the e-check�s share of e-commerce value will climb to 9% in 2005, up from 6% in 2003 and 3% in 2000.

“Some issues, like micro-payments, are currently receiving a level of attention that is out of sync with the real opportunities,” comments Gwenn B�zard, a Senior Analyst at Celent and author of the report.

In reference to e-check�s growing market share, B�zard adds, “The check authorization business might not be the sexiest thing on earth, but that�s one area where sound opportunities lie ahead.”

The 43-page report contains 31 figures.

A Table of Contents is available online.

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