Credit card use rises to highest level since Christmas 2019

Credit card use rises to highest level since Christmas 2019 as shoppers burst out


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Britons used their payment cards more in August than at any time since the pandemic hit

Britons used their payment cards more in August than at any time since the pandemic hit

According to new data, Britons used their debit cards over the holiday weekend in August more than at any time since Christmas 2019.

The leisure, entertainment and hospitality sectors received the biggest boost, with the number of people hitting the high street in August just 18.6 percent lower than 2019 levels, making it the best month since the pandemic hit.

The figures suggest that shopping rebounded last month after a dip in July when the ping demic forced millions to stay at home.

Barclaycard, which processes £1 of every £3 spent on debit and credit cards in the UK, said transactions over the holiday weekend were up 14.4 per cent over the same time last year and 9.4 per cent higher than in 2019.

Barclaycard Payments chief executive Rob Cameron said: “Hopefully this is a sign of more positive times to come, and a testament to the strength and resilience of UK businesses.”

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