Axis Bank, the third largest private sector lender in India, reported a card fee income of Rs 379 crore for the quarter ended March 2017 (Q4 FY17). This was 30% year-on-year (YoY) increase from Rs 290 crore. This accounted for around 16% of the total fee income at the bank. Note that Axis Bank has a significant card business and is the fourth largest issuer of credit and debit cards. It is also the third largest POS terminal merchant acquirer in the country. At the end of the quarter, the total number of debit cards in circulation stood at 20.2 million (growing 30% YoY) and the number of credit cards stood at 3.3 million (with a growth of 39% YoY). Card fee income was also buoyed by increasing spends on cards. Spends on debit and credit cards stood at Rs 17,157…
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