Internet spending accounts for one-third of value of UK card expenditure

Source: UK Cards Association

New figures published today show that 30 per cent of the value of all spending on cards in January was via the internet, with £15.4bn1 of the £46.5bn total spent in this way.

The number of online card transactions made up 12.3 per cent of total card purchases which equates to 118m 2 of all 1,054m card payments.

This is the first time The UK Cards Association has published the amount spent on the internet using cards by value or by number of transactions. This data will now be released on a monthly basis.

The new data also revealed people spend twice as much on average via the internet as they do in-store, with the average transaction value for each standing at £96.10 and £46.53 respectively in January.

Interestingly the most common online card purchase was on entertainment which stood at 27 per cent of total internet card volume, whilst food and drink accounted for 7 per cent of all online purchases in January.

Richard Koch, Head of Policy at The UK Cards Association, said:

“These figures demonstrate the extent to which online shopping has become a way of life, with almost a third of all card spending now happening on the internet. Interestingly, while people still make transactions more regularly in shops, when they do shop on the internet, they tend to spend far more - demonstrating that consumers’ bigger transactions happen online.”
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