Debit cards are dominant payment method - Money - News - Moneyfacts


Debit cards are dominant payment method

Debit cards are dominant payment method

Category: Money

Updated: 28/04/2009
First Published: 28/04/2009

This article was correct at the time of publication. It is now over 6 months old so the content may be out of date.

When it comes to payment methods in the UK, the debit card is king.

That is the verdict of APACS, which has revealed total consumer spending on debit cards amounted to £245.4 billion in 2008 - a significant rise of 6.8 per cent on the previous year.

Other spending trends seen in 2008 included levels of cash and credit card spending remaining at a similar rate to 2007, cheque use falling and electronic methods rising.

UK consumers parted with almost £270 billion in retail spending in 2008, 43 per cent by debit card (£116.1 billion), 32 per cent (£86 billion) by cash, 23 per cent (£60.7 billion) by credit card, and just three per cent by cheque (£7.1 billion).

Total general consumer spending - which takes financial payments, travel spending and entertainment into account - also experienced a sharp increase in debit card and automated payment methods, totalling £245 billion and £333 billion respectively.

"The rise to dominance of the debit card both on and off the high street has been meteoric - it was only back in December 2004 that combined total credit and debit card spending overtook total cash spending for the first time," said Sandra Quinn, director of communications.

"This year we expect debit card spending alone will outstrip cash spending for the first time."

Disclaimer: Information is correct as of the date of publication (shown at the top of this article). Any products featured may be withdrawn by their provider or changed at any time.

Related Articles

It’s good to talk (about money issues)

They say that it’s good to talk, yet it seems there are some subjects that people are just too embarrassed to discuss. Money is definitely one of them, yet failing to talk could make those issues far more stressful than they need to be.

Give your finances a pre-Christmas health check

The festive season is rapidly approaching, and with it comes thoughts of how you’re going to fund the whole thing. It’s important to be on the ball, and giving your finances a pre-Christmas health check could be one of the best things you do.

Parents to spend £552 on children this half term

Autumn has truly arrived – and half term with it. This looks to be bad news for parents’ wallets, as research from American Express shows they will be spending an average of £276 per child this holiday break.