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BizReport : Trends & Ideas : June 05, 2014

BRC: Cash remains UK's dominant payment method

Mobile payments may be on the rise in the U.K. but the use of cash continues to be the dominant form of payment, according to the latest figures released by the British Retail Consortium.

by Helen Leggatt

While the percentage of transactions paid for in cash has fallen by 10% to 53% over the past five year, thanks in part to the increased availability of self-service check-outs, mobile payments, online sales and contactless cards, 53% of transactions were in cold, hard cash.

However, the BRC's Director General, Helen Dickinson, says that the 14% decrease in cash use over the past five years is "a milestone in the development of our digital economy" and demonstrates that consumers and retailers alike are evolving and adapting to new technologies.

The BRC's study included 60% of retail sales during 2013 and found that:

- 53% of transactions were in cash, with an average value of £9.47;

- 32% of transactions were with debit cards, with an average value of £27.58;

- The remaining 15% of transactions consisted of credit and charge cards and "other" non-card payment methods.

Findings of a study by mobile solutions firm Oxygen8, released in March this year, reveal that the use of mobile payments in the UK is currently a long way off mainstream. A third of adults in Oxygen8's study (age 18-44) said they had never used their mobile device to make a payment, despite having the ability to do so.

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Tags: cash, credit card, mobile payments, payment trends, U.K.

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