There were 691 million contactless card payments in the UK in December 2018, a 27.5 per cent increase from the same month the previous year.
A total of £6.8 billion was spent using contactless payment in December 2018, an increase from the £5.3 billion in December 2017.
Debit and Credit cards
The use of debit cards increased by 10.5% in December 2018 compared to the same month the previous year. December 2018 saw at total of 1.4 billion transactions on UK debit cards.
There were 303 million transactions on UK credit cards in December 2018, an 8.6 per cent increase from December 2017, with the value of these transactions totalling £16.3 billion.
The total value of all debit and credit card transactions in the UK in December 2018, (on both UK cards and those issued overseas) was £60.2 billion.