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Summary figures (2008)

Number of cards at year end

  • The number of adults with a credit or charge card declined to 30.2 million from a peak of 31.6 million in 2005. This represents 62% of the adult population.
  • 20.5 million credit or charge cardholders used their cards regularly, at least once a month, up from 19.7 million in 2007. On average, each regular user made 88 UK purchases each year.
  • There were 168.7 million cards in issue – 65.9 million credit cards, 6.4 million charge cards, 76.2 million debit cards, 19.4 million ATM-only cards and 0.4 million stand-alone cheque guarantee cards.
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