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Contactless spending rockets for caterers

22 December 2016 by
Contactless spending rockets for caterers

Contactless spending has increased by 90% in catering businesses over the past year - the second highest spending increase in the food category.

Contactless purchasing in pubs rose 79% and restaurants saw a 62% increase according to new figures from the Barclaycard Contactless Spending Index.

Half of all Brits are now estimated to use "touch and go" payments at least once a month and one in five (21%) are planning to increase their usage even further, according to the findings.

Overall, contactless spending increased 166% in 2016.

PositionCategoryAnnual spending increase
1Service stations285%
2Discount stores234%
3Gift, card & novelty shops180%
4Department stores170%
5Supermarkets156%
6Postal services121%
7Pharmacies108%
8Convenience stores98%
9Household appliance stores97%
10Caterers90%
11Pubs and bars79%
12Fast food outlets69%
13Newsagents63%
14Restaurants62%
15Commuter transport26%
PositionCityAnnual spending increase\*
1Manchester325%
2Glasgow308%
3Blackpool296%
4Hull287%
5Edinburgh267%
6Cardiff266%
7Liverpool260%
8Newcastle257%
9Birmingham248%
10Northampton234%
Tami Hargreaves, commercial director, digital consumer payments at Barclaycard, said: "Brits across the UK are increasingly catching on to the speed and ease of 'touch and go' payments, meaning that for many, contactless is now the preferred way to pay. "In 2016, the increasing popularity of mobile payments and wearables has also contributed to the surge in contactless, and as more retailers continue to accept 'touch and go' as a way to pay we expect this upward trend to continue well into next year." British diners eating out more than ever, research finds >>](/articles/493274/british-diners-eating-out-more-than-ever-research-finds) [Spend in restaurants up by 13% in November, according to Barclaycard >>](/articles/492607/spend-in-restaurants-up-by-13-in-november-according-to-barclaycard) [November sees 'marked slowdown' in hotel, restaurant and bar spending >>
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