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Britons prefer contactless cards as payment method

Last year, so-called "tap and go" cards were used for over 50% of all retail purchases in Britain for the first time since their introduction in the country. At the same time, debit cards decisively left behind cash to become the most commonly used payment method, according to the British Retail Consortium.

The survey found that the average value of purchases made using a debit, credit or charge cards slipped to £25.40 from £30.53 in 2013, that shows consumers are increasingly using them for lower value transactions.

One of the main reasons of contactless payments rise was the growing number of staffed payment terminals installed in UK shops.

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