Contactless payment pioneer Barclaycard says £4bn a month is now spent with the technology

Contactless use in Norwich and Ipswich is up nearly 100% on last year, Barclaycard said. Picture: Ph

Contactless use in Norwich and Ipswich is up nearly 100% on last year, Barclaycard said. Picture: Philip Toscano/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Contactless spending in East Anglia has rocketed over the past year – up by an average of 92%.

Barclaycard, which pioneered the technology 10 years ago, said the biggest jumps were seen in Norwich, where use of contactless was up 93%, and Ipswich, which saw a rise of 96%, as more people take advantage of 'touch and go' technology.

More than half of eligible transactions up to the £30 limit are now made using contactless technology, with £4bn being spent through it every month, Barclaycard said.

According to UK Finance, more than £60bn has been spent using contactless cards and devices over the past decade.

Adam Herson, director at Barclaycard Mobile Payments, said: 'Over the past decade contactless payments have transformed how consumers shop, travel and trade and East Anglia has really embraced this fast and convenient way of paying.


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'The amount spent by shoppers in East Anglia using the technology has continued to increased year-on-year and the trend towards 'touch and go' shows no signs of slowing down.

'September marks the 10th anniversary of Barclaycard introducing contactless payments to the UK and we are looking forward to continuing to innovate with new initiatives to make buying and selling quicker and easier for both shoppers and retailers over the next ten years.'

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