Consumers can use Apple Pay at 36% of U.S. merchants now, up from 16% a year ago, according to a new report from Boston Retail Partners (BRP).

Another 22% of retailers are planning to add acceptance for Apple Pay within the next year and 11% will go live with the Near Field Communication-based mobile payment service over the next three years, the Boston-based retail consulting firm said following a recent survey of 500 U.S. retailers.

PayPal was next highest in U.S. merchant support, with 34% of retailers accepting it, while 24% of merchants said they accept Android Pay, 18% accept Samsung Pay and 11% accept Chase Pay, BRP said in a Feb. 7 press release.

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The firm noted that many of the mobile payment technologies retailers mentioned are NFC-based and accepted anywhere NFC payments are available, but merchants still seem to differentiate among them or “may be unaware of the way contactless payments work.”

“(In this year’s survey), fewer retailers are adopting a wait-and-see approach for Apple Pay and PayPal—likely because of the growing support from the payment software ecosystem and the acceptance for these mobile payments by the public,” the release noted.

About 11% of merchants in the survey said they have no plans to implement mobile payments in stores, BRP said in the release.

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