A recent report from the European Central Bank highligts the continued popularity of cash across its markets. "We asked more than 65,000 people in the euro area about their use of cash and other payment methods."
The European Central Bank (ECB) has conducted a comprehensive study to analyse the use of cash, cards and other payment instruments used at points of sale (POS) by euro area consumers in 2016.
The survey results show that in 2016 cash was the dominant payment instrument at POS. In terms of number, 79% of all transactions were carried out using cash, amounting to 54% of the total value of all payments. Cards were the second most frequently used payment instrument at POS; 19% of all transactions were settled using a payment card. In terms of value, this amounts to 39% of the total value paid at POS."