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Contactless payments soar at service stations

06 January, 2016

Contactless payments at service stations have risen by 98% following the increase in the spending limit from £20 to £30 in September, according to a survey by Barclaycard.

Looking at the overall market it said contactless payments now account for one in 10 card transactions, and contactless spend was nearing £1bn a month.

Fifty eight per cent of merchant respondents to the Barclaycard survey said that customers were using mobiles and wearable devices more often to pay for goods and services.

The Barclaycard research shows that just one in three merchants (34%) currently accepts contactless, but 83% of shoppers are carrying less cash than they did a year ago – and 19% admitting to being “annoyed” if they can’t pay contactlessly.

Paul Lockstone, managing director at Barclaycard said: “In 2015 we’ve seen contactless become an even more popular way to pay for small transactions, so much so that we can even get frustrated if a retailer doesn’t offer ‘touch and go’ as an option. As the consumer appetite for new ways to pay continues to grow, particularly with the upcoming launch of high value payments and the continuing growth in wearable payment devices, we’re expecting 2016 to be another recording breaking year for contactless.”