UK consumers spent over £19,000 every second using their cards last year as the number of purchases surged by more than a tenth, according to a , UK Card Payments 2015, published by The UK Cards Association today [4 June 2015].

Total UK-issued debit, credit and charge card spending both domestically and overseas rose by 8.2 per cent in 2014 to reach a record £600.3 billion. The number of purchases increased at the even faster rate of 12.1 per cent, to 12.96 billion, as consumers made many more lower value card transactions. The trend highlights the increasing shift from cash to card payments, driven partly by the growing acceptance and usage of contactless cards.