The Top 20 Contactless Payments Sectors by Type of Business

Now that contactless payments have become the social norm for many retailers and businesses, here are the top 20 industries utilising this technology.

Despite customers across the UK often experiencing ‘sorry, we don’t take contactless payments’ apologies at the till, it’s clear that tap-to-pay is on the rise.

According to the contactless statistics for 2016 from the UK Cards Association, over 21 million contactless cards were issued in the UK, with the total contactless spend reaching over £25 billion.

Furthermore, a Paymentsense report recently revealed a clear rise in contactless payments across a variety of merchants between October 2016 and March 2017. Some merchants even achieved a month-on-month increase throughout the period. This was calculated by utilising the comprehensive pool of customer data, which records the amount of transactions their merchants have accepted by card, and how many by contactless payments.

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The results were convincing – across the board, merchants had seen their contactless sales increase more than their chip & PIN transactions. This would suggest that the need to provide contactless card payment machines is now paramount for all merchants. By looking even closer at the data, and more specifically at the sum total of contactless payments across key industries, it’s possible to identify possible leaders in the rise of contactless payments.

Contactless Payments by Type of Business

Type of BusinessContactless Card Payments as Percentage of all Payments
Pubs & Bars48.2%
Takeaway Restaurants45.5%
Newsagents / Newsstands44.9%
Gift Shops33.5%
Pet Shops / Pet Suppliers27.3%
Dry Cleaners25.8%
Music Shops23.8%
Sporting Goods Shops17.6%
Hotels, Motels & Resorts16.4%
Antique Shops10.5%
Jewellery Stores9.1%
Dentists / Orthodontists8.1%
Furniture / Home Furnishings7.9%
Taxis & Private Hire4.6%
Source: Paymentsense – Period: October 2016 to March 2017

Combining these findings with a report from UK Card Associations that shows contactless payment spend during the first two months of 2017 experienced a 169 per cent YoY increase from £2,425 to £6,530 billion, the message is much more positive, and loud and clear.

See also: How to sell anywhere with contactless payments – Getting set up is easier than you might think.

Guy Moreve, head of marketing at Paymentsense adds, ‘It’s not just the bakeries, bars and fast food establishments which need to embrace contactless. The indication is that even if businesses don’t fall into one of the ‘Top 20’ categories, they’re losing potential sales by not taking contactless payments and should embrace contactless before they get left behind.’

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Owen Gough, SmallBusiness UK

Owen Gough

Owen was a reporter for Bonhill Group plc writing across the and titles before moving on to be a Digital Technology reporter for the

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