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Hot spell prompts cash withdrawal bonanza

Hot spell prompts cash withdrawal bonanza

Category: Money

Updated: 04/10/2011
First Published: 04/10/2011

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The UK 's Indian summer prompted people to withdraw cash en masse last Friday, as Britons prepared for a scorching weekend.

In total, people withdrew £577 million from ATM machines on 30 September as consumers warmed up for a weekend when temperatures soared towards the 30 degrees centigrade mark in parts of the country.

It is a record amount for 2011 so far and the highest daily withdrawal since Christmas Eve last year, according to LINK.

Last Friday's run on cash machines saw 14% more funds taken out than on the same day in 2010.

Sunday 2 October was also very busy with £252 million withdrawn, an 11% increase on the same day in 2010.

"The good weather really seems to have encouraged people to withdraw cash in preparation for increased spending over an unusually sunny weekend - confirmation that the right combination of feel good factors can boost short term spending and that cash is a very popular way of paying for these kinds of goods and services," John Howells, LINK chief executive commented.

There are around 64,000 cash machines connected to the LINK network in the UK , making up almost all of the ATMs across the country.

Last year, almost three billion transactions were carried out from LINK cash points.

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