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Record number of in-store transactions made using contactless

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The study also showed the gap between older and younger people using the tech is narrowing.
Tuesday 27 February 2024 02:58, UK
A record 93.4% of in-store card transactions up to £100 were made using contactless in 2023, according to data from Barclays.
The figures are based on Barclays debit card and Barclaycard credit card transactions.
Shoppers made 231 transactions on average, spending an average of £15.69 each time.
This added up to the typical shopper making £3,620 worth of contactless payments over the year.
While contactless is still more popular among younger age groups, the gap between older and younger people using the tech is narrowing, Barclays said.
Last year, the proportion of active users among 85 to 95-year-olds passed 80% for the first time.
And for the third year in a row, the over-65s were the fastest-growing group for contactless usage, Barclays said.
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A survey of 2,000 people by Opinium Research for Barclays indicated just 3% of over-75s prefer using mobile payments to physical cards – compared with a quarter (25%) of 18 to 34-year-olds who said they prefer to use their phone.
More than a fifth (22%) of people aged 18 to 34 regularly leave their wallet behind when out shopping in favour of paying with their smartphone, compared with just 1% of over-75s.
Just under a fifth (18%) of people said they struggled to remember their PIN.
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For the second year running, the Friday just before Christmas (22 December 2023) was the biggest day for contactless payments, as shoppers picked up last-minute gifts and enjoyed drinks as they clocked off for the holiday.
Karen Johnson, head of retail at Barclays, said: „In 2024, we expect to see a greater shift to payments using mobile wallets, as more bricks-and-mortar businesses integrate the technology into their customer experience.
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