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Germany's central bank says Germans still prefer cash

Europe
14.02.2018
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Frankfurt (dpa) - Germany‘s consumers still prefer to pay in cash, despite the many hi-tech modern alternatives, a member of the central bank‘s board said on Wednesday.

"Cash remains the most popular, although payments by card are on the rise," Bundesbank Executive Board member Carl-Ludwig Thiele said in Frankfurt, citing a Bundesbank study that found that 74 per cent of all payments at cash tills were made in notes and coins.

Small amounts lower than 5 euros (6 dollars) were usually paid in cash. But measured by turnover, cash payments fell to 48 per cent last year, going below 50 per cent for the first time.

The average German carries 107 euros in cash on their person, with a little over 6 euros in coins and the rest in notes, according to the survey, the fourth of its kind.

A clear majority of 88 per cent of the more than 2,000 residents surveyed last year would prefer to be able to pay in cash in the future.

Among the card options, the favourite was the giro card, also known as an EC card, debit card or cash card. Some 35 per cent of the turnover in the survey was conducted by this means, up from 30 per cent at the time of the last Bundesbank survey in 2014.

Payment by smartphone remains relatively rare in Germany, with consumers expressing concerns on the security of transactions done by phone, even if providers deny there is a problem.

 

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