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Cash will Account for Less than a Quarter of all Transactions in 2026

The rise of mobile and contactless payments means that by 2026 cash will account for less than a quarter of all transactions in the U.S., according to research from law firm Paul Hastings and the Centre for Economics & Business Research (CEBR). The increase of electronic payments use, from 63% of transactions today to 76% in 10 years times, means that the value of non-cash payments in the America will reach US$44 trillion.

In the U.K., the demise of notes and coins will be almost as great, with the percentage of transactions not involving cash growing from 55% in 2016 to 68% in 2026, bringing total non-cash payments to £1.44 billion. Much of the move to e-payments will be driven by contactless payments, which will see their numbers grow in the U.S. from 38 million this year to 221 million in 2026. In the U.K. the rise will be from 3.3 million to 19 million. While contactless cards are already ubiquitous, at least in the U.K., the research shows that mobile payment options - from Apple Pay to banking apps to Zapp - are still failing to capture the public's imagination.

Uptake of alternatives such as digital wallets by consumers is still low at six or seven per cent. Moreover, the survey finds apps and access to alternative payments are largely irrelevant when it comes to switching accounts. In fact, over a quarter in the U.K. and almost four in 10 in the US do not use any alternative payment method at all.

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Date : Dec 15, 2016
Region : North America
Industry : Banks
Function : Operations and IT
Sub-Function : IT Modernization/Transformation