Younited points out the evolution of fractional payments in Europe

The European instant credit specialist, Younited, has just published the results of a study on fractional payments in Europe. The study highlights the expectations of European consumers, whether in terms of immediacy or longer repayment periods. In this respect, however, France is a special case in this market.

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  • Younited conducted a pan-European study across 5 countries: France, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Italy. 2,500 people evenly distributed in the 5 countries were asked about split payments.
  • The study shows that consumer interest is growing, especially for staggered payments and instantaneous services, provided that protection rules are strengthened.
  • Overall, more than 70% of Europeans are aware of split payments and 1 in 3 consumers use them. In detail, the rates vary from one country to another: 
    • 26% in Italy,
    • 34% in France and Germany,
    • 41% in Spain,
    • 48% in Portugal.
  • Users cite three factors of interest for this payment method:
    • staggering over time,
    • the possibility of balancing your budget
    • and to make ends meet.
  • As far as the destination of the fractional payment is concerned, it is mostly used for the purchase of household appliances, high-tech devices and smartphones, furniture or travel.
  • In France, 61% of users use it to make online purchases for small amounts and short repayment periods. 35% use it for purchases over 800 euros; and 63% opt for repayment spread over 2 to 4 monthly payments.
  • Another particularity of the French market lies in the level of trust: 53% of users adopted it from a brand or site they already knew and which provided them with a reputational guarantee, evoking a need for reassurance that is well known in the French market.


  • Long-term growth: According to the Xerfi research institute, the fractional payment market should represent 25 billion euros in France and 250 billion dollars worldwide by 2025.
  • The challenge of extending repayment periods: depending on the legislation in force in each country (in France, fractional payments without fees, which are not considered as credit, are limited to a period of 3 months), usage varies. For example, only 22% of split payment users in France spread their repayments over more than 7 monthly installments; this proportion rises to 54% in Germany and Italy, 49% in Spain and 40% in Portugal, where offers with longer repayments are available. Nevertheless, the extension of repayment periods is a strong expectation, particularly in France where the average amount of purchases concerned is also expected to increase in the coming months.


  • The democratization of fractional payments continues apace, despite the risks and a still unclear regulatory environment. The revision of the European directive is expected in September 2022. It should address the following key points: the obligation to display a clear schedule of payments before taking out a loan, prior checking of customer accounts, credit checks and limits on real interest rates.
  • In the meantime, offers such as the one from La Banque Postale with Django present themselves as trusted solutions to meet growing needs.
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