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UK Card Expenditure Statistics: February 2017

Total card spending in February 2017 was £57.2 billion, an increase of £300 million on January, and up from £52.2 billion in February 2016.

  • The number of card purchases increased to 1.3 billion, up by 14 million during the month and 11 per cent annually.
  • Retail card spending totalled £25.8 billion in the month, an increase of £118 million on January. The largest increases in spending came from automotive fuels and food and drink, where spending amounted to £3.0 billion and £9.7 billion respectively.
  • Service sector card spending rose to £31.4 billion in February, up by £145 million in the month.
  • The largest increase in spending was registered at florists (36 per cent), most likely owing to Valentine’s Day. There was also a notable increase evident at merchants offering recreational services such as tourist attractions (28 per cent), aquariums (26 per cent) and amusement parks (23 per cent).
  • The debit and credit card share of total retail sales was 77.7 per cent in February.
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