Despite all the talk about Money in physical form such as banknotes and coins. being quickly replaced by alternative A transfer of funds which discharges an obligation on the part of a payer vis-à-vis a payee. methods, the numbers from a comprehensive survey prove otherwise. Indeed, in the ECB’s most recent Occasional See Banknote paper. Series on the topic of The Use of Cash by Households in the The name of the European single currency adopted by the European Council at the meeting held in Madrid on 15-16 December 1995. See ECU. Area it was found that 79% of all point-of-sale (Abbreviation for “point of sale”. See Point-of-Sale terminal.) transactions were carried out in cash, amounting to 54% of the total value of all payments in the euro area.
Indeed, there are significant differences between countries, but the numbers prove that cash is still the preferred tool for settling payments for many people in the Eurozone – regardless of class or education level – and that it is far from being replaced. Men have a tendency to use cash more than women as well as people over the age of 40. Second in line behind cash are cards which equal to 19% of all transactions or 39% of total value paid.
More importantly, cash also plays another important role for Europeans: One of the functions of money or more generally of any asset that can be saved and exchanged at a later time without loss of its purchasing power. See also Precautionary Holdings.. Indeed, almost 25% of respondents admitted to keeping some cash at home, just in case – something that cannot be done with any other See Payment instrument.. And finally, contrary to general perception, a fifth of consumers have said to have used a €200 or a €500 in the past year.
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