Debit card retail spending outstrips cash spending for first time

- Plastic cards used for 63% of all UK retail spending last year

Figures released today (18 April 2006) by APACS, the UK payments association, show debit card spending in retail outlets exceeded cash spending for the first time ever last year.

The figures, which cover all retail transactions in 2005 (both online and offline) show debit card spending at 37 per cent (