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Summary figures (2012)

Number of cards at year end

  • There were 169.0 million cards in issue – 56.4 million credit cards, 6.6 million charge cards, 88.6 million debit cards and 17.4 million ATM-only cards.
  • The total number of plastic cards in issue in 2012 increased by 2.0% leaving the end-year total at 169 million – following a marginal decline in 2011.
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