More than £60bn has been spent using contactless cards and devices since the technology first reached the UK a decade ago.

Barclaycard, which launched the UK’s first contactless card in September 2007, said nearly two thirds of Brits now choose to pay using contactless when it’s available.

Ten years ago, the Barclaycard OnePulse became the first card to combine Chip and PIN, contactless technology and Oyster payments.

At launch, it could be used to pay at 22,000 Oyster terminals and to make payments up to £10 at 6,000 retailers.

Contactless cards can now be used to make payments up to £30 at almost half a million terminals in the UK.

New research from Barclaycard shows that 91% of eligible transactions in fast food outlets and 89% in pubs and bars are now made using contactless when the option is available.

More than three quarters (76%) of purchases up to £30 in supermarkets and convenience stores are also made using contactless.

Barclaycard’s spending index shows a 321% year-on-year rise in contactless spending in clothing stores and a 137% increase in spending on car parks.

Contactless spending has also more than doubled in department stores, supermarkets, gift shops and convenience stores.

Barclaycard said there are now more than 106m in use in the UK and that 40% of retailers plan to be cash-free in the next five years.

Over the past decade contactless payments have transformed how we shop, travel and trade

Tami Hargreaves, director of innovation and partnerships, Barclaycard Mobile Payments
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Tami Hargreaves, director of innovation and partnerships at Barclaycard Mobile Payments, said: “Over the past decade contactless payments have transformed how we shop, travel and trade, making buying and selling quicker and easier.

“Today there is more choice than ever – from card to cash, mobile payments and wearables.

“And this is only set to increase with innovations such as our ‘Grab+Go’ invisible payments concept, which allows consumers to scan and pay with a smartphone without the need to visit a physical check-out.

“Our data shows that the uptake and usage of contactless payment technology continues to grow, with paying by ‘touch and go’ now the preferred way to pay for many Brits.

“We’re looking forward to continuing to innovate by introducing a number of new initiatives over the next 10 years.”