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Contactless Statistics

The key figures for the month of May are:

  • 44.7m contactless cards have been issued that can be used to make a contactless payment. These cards are split between debit (27.2m) and credit / charge cards (17.5m). This is an increase of 2.3% on the previous month and 32.4% over the year.
  • £146.1m was spent in the UK this month using a contactless card. This is an increase of 18.7% on the previous month and 218.1% over the year. The value is split between debit (£127.4m) and credit / charge cards (£18.7m).
  • 22.1m contactless transactions were made this month. This is an increase of 18.8% on the previous month and 210.5% over the year. The volume is split between debit (£22.1m) and credit / charge cards (£2.9m).
  • 188,190 [terminals or outlets] are available in the UK where contactless cardholders can make a contactless transaction. This is an increase of 3% on the previous month and 21% over the year.
  • On average, each contactless transaction is for £6.60p. This is split £6.63p on a debit card and £6.37p on a credit / charge card.
  • On average, each [terminal or outlet] has processed 117 transactions and taken £776.
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