Friday, October 28, 2005

Britain's Competition Watchdog Wants to Cut Fees (The Economist)

Issuers of credit cards are unpopular everywhere these days, and Britain's are no exception. Banks are grimly hanging on to £1.5 billion ($2.7 billion) in annual revenue that will be cut dramatically if the British consumer watchdog forces the world's two biggest credit-card associations and their bank members to reduce controversial charges.

The so-called interchange fees account for around 15% of credit-card income in Britain, according to Mercer Oliver Wyman, a consultancy, a big whack for an industry that is struggling to keep profit margins steady.…

[source: The Economist, subscription required, click here to view article]