The British Retail Consortium Reveals Cash Is No Longer King

The British Retail Consortium Shows Cash Is No Longer King

The British Retail Consortium today announced that debit cards were the most popular form of payment, as falling cash use pushed notes and coins into third place.

The report stated that cash accounted for just over £1 in every £5 spent with UK shops. Credit and charge cards accounted for £82bn, or 22%, of retail sales last year – outstripping cash (£78bn) for the first time. Spending on debit cards totalled £216bn.

This trend in the rise of card payments is not just seen in the UK but across Europe and North America. With more people relying heavily on their cards, mobiles, and contactless devices to pay, WeSwap research has revealed the top ten destinations for card and cash spending, based on the popularity of use across its 500,000-strong userbase.

1.Sweden – 81%
2.Norway – 77%
3.Finland – 71%
4.USA – 71%
5.Luxembourg – 70%
6.Denmark – 70%
7.Czech Republic – 69%
8.Canada – 69%
9.Switzerland – 67%
10.Mexico – 66%
Cash 1.Cambodia – 93%
2.Lebanon – 88%
3.Ecuador – 84%
4.Peru – 81%
5.Croatia – 77%
6.Japan – 77%
7.Greece – 74%
8.Slovakia – 73%
9.Montenegro – 72%
10.Thailand – 72%

Sweden, Norway and Finland are top of the list for card use

Countries such as Sweden, Norway and Finland are top of the list for card use – who all frequently use debit and credit card from day-to-day. In Sweden, you’ll frequently find signs in stores stating “no cash accepted”. If you’re planning to head over to there, don’t get caught out by taking a lot of cash and finding very few places to spend it!

In contrast, it is important to be aware that there are still many countries in Europe, such as Greece and Croatia, that do not use debit and credit cards as frequently. In this case, holidaymakers should plan when to buy their foreign currency in order not to get caught out by nasty ATM fees whilst abroad.

Rob Stross, CMO of WeSwap: “Although there are more and more countries working towards living in a cashless society, Brits must remember that there are still many countries both in Europe and the rest of the world that are still predominately cash-based. When withdrawing cash abroad, ATMs could charge you up to 5% for every transaction. So it is worth noting when going abroad, which countries use cash more frequently and which use card in order to avoid paying unnecessary fees on ATM withdrawals of POS transactions. This way, holidaymakers can budget for their summer holidays effectively and spend wisely.”

WeSwap users can use their WeSwap Mastercard® to load funds, purchase items and withdraw or order cash for their holidays with no risk of hidden costs or unfair fees. Now the innovative travel money provider reveals where the most popular destinations are for holidaymakers to use their card and where is best to use cash.

Paul Godbold

Founder, Editor-in-Chief

Paul is the owner and editor-in-chief of Luxurious Magazine. He previously worked as a fashion model, was in the British Army and created companies in the technology, venture capital and financial services sectors. In addition to writing, he also proofs, edits, designs, lays out and publishes all the articles in the online magazine. Paul is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists.

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