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American Companies Send More Renminbi to China

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>United States, Australia, the UK and Hong Kong lead the way as RMB payments increase</i> </p>

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

American Companies Send More Renminbi to China

08:30 EDT Wednesday, September 04, 2013

DENVER & LONDON (Business Wire) -- Western Union Business Solutions, a unit of the Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), a leader in global payment services, has seen strong growth in direct Renminbi (RMB) payments to China among its clients in the first half of 2013.

“The growing demand we saw in 2012 for RMB has carried on into 2013, with the number and volume of Renminbi payments increasing across all of our major markets,” said Raj Agrawal, president, Western Union Business Solutions. “Businesses around the world are becoming more aware of RMB internationalization and the benefits that trading in the local Chinese currency can create for all parties.”

Western Union Business Solutions' American clients increased the number of their RMB payments by almost 90 percent in the first six months of 2013 compared to the same period last year. In the US, Renminbi transactions now represent nearly 12 percent of all payments to China, up from just over 8.5 percent in the first half of 2012.

Australia was the second largest market for RMB payments behind the United States, reflecting growth of almost 50 percent, while the United Kingdom and Hong Kong increased their RMB transactions by over 40 percent and 80 percent, respectively, over the same period.

Australian clients sent about 6 percent of their payments to China in renminbi in the first half of 2013, compared to 4 percent in 2012, with British clients seeing similar growth from 3.7 percent to 5.3 percent. Not surprisingly, Hong Kong represents the market with the highest percentage of renminbi payments, with 37 percent of transactions to China being made in RMB in the first half of the year, compared to 28 percent a year ago.

“Japan, France, Singapore and New Zealand also recorded strong year-on-year growth,” said Raj Agrawal. “While overall client take up is modest compared to the likes of the United States and Great Britain, the indicative trend we have seen in all four markets is certainly towards steadily increasing demand for Renminbi.”

“SWIFT recently reported that the Chinese Renminbi has become the world's 11th most used currency and the demand we are seeing certainly reflects this upward trend.”

Western Union Business Solutions enables companies of all sizes to send and receive international payments and manage foreign exchange, creating unique solutions tailored to suit their individual needs. It is a business unit of the Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), a leading nonbank provider of cross border payments, which operates its Business Solutions services through locally licensed affiliates in over 30 countries. Supported by a network of trading offices, strategic banking relationships and a global clearing network, businesses can send cross-border payments in more than 135 currencies.

About Western Union:

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of June 30, 2013, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of approximately 520,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories and approximately 115,000 ATMs. In 2012, The Western Union Company completed 231 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $79 billion of principal between consumers, and 432 million business payments. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com.

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Western Union
International:
Jennifer Berlin, +44 (0) 779 549 7129
jennifer.berlin@westernunion.com

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