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Summary figures (2009)

Number of cards at year end

  • The number of adults with a credit or charge card decreased to 30.3 million from a peak of 31.6 million in 2005. This represented 62% of the adult population.
  • 20.2 million credit or charge card holders used their cards regularly at least once a month, down from 20.5 million in 2008. On average each regular user made 93 purchases per annum, spending £103 per week on their cards, with an average transaction value of £57 for credit cards.
  • There were 162.6 million cards in issue – 58.2 million credit cards, 6.4 million charge cards, 79.2 million debit cards, 18.5 million ATM-only cards and 0.4 million stand-alone cheque guarantee cards.
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