European factoring industry up in 2021

Gathered data for European factoring market for the first half of 2021 has shown again year on year increase of 10.7% for European countries, comparing to 6.0% decrease after IH 2020, the year of the crisis and the lockdowns.  Total factoring turnover for European countries reached EUR 953bn comparing to EUR 854bn in IH 2020.

Graph 1. Turnover by country H1 2021

The increase in factoring turnover was higher than GDP yearly change of 7.7%. But factoring remains clearly connected to the GDP in Europe. The European factoring, that represents 2/3 of the world market, amounts to 11% of the EU GDP.

Graph 2. Trends of factoring turnover growth and European GDP growth

The trends differ between countries. In almost all countries the increase of factoring y/y is higher than country’s GDP change. Only in Spain, Portugal and Norway the GDP had higher yearly increase than factoring turnover.

Mrs Françoise Palle-Guillabert, Chairman of the EUF, noted: " Whole European factoring market responded positively to economic trends in the first half of 2021. After a one year of drop due to the international Covid-19 pandemic, it again recorded an increase. More than ever, the factoring industry, that finances 260,000 businesses in EU mostly SMEs, has a key role to play in supporting economic recovery, employment and wealth creation in Europe”.

Notes to Editors

The EUF is the Representative Body for the factoring and commercial finance industry in the EU. It comprises national and international industry associations that are active in the region. The EUF seeks to engage with Government and legislators to enhance the availability of finance to business, with a particular emphasis on the SME community. The EUF acts as a platform between the factoring and commercial finance industry and key legislative decision makers across Europe, bringing together national experts to speak with one voice.