December Uk Atm Withdrawals Could Reach £11 Billion

17 December 2014

Analysis (1) by Sainsbury’s Bank suggests that this December approximately £11 billion could be withdrawn from ATMs through the LINK network in the UK – equal to more than £355 million every day during the month.

The supermarket bank, which has 1,550 free-to-use(2) ATMs across the UK estimates that the number of cash withdrawals in December could reach 170 million, around four million higher than the same time last year(1).

ATM usage is expected to peak on Friday 19th December, in terms of both number of transactions and total value of cash withdrawn. The Friday before Christmas is the typical peak day for pre-Christmas cash withdrawals; Friday 20th December was the busiest day in 2013 for cash withdrawals.

Sainsbury’s Bank is encouraging consumers to be extra vigilant when withdrawing cash during the festive season. 

Iain Gibson, Head of ATMs at Sainsbury’s Bank said:

“With shopping trips and nights out, December is typically far busier for ATMs than any other time of year so we’re encouraging people to be vigilant when withdrawing cash. Try to avoid rushing and ensure withdrawn money is safely put away and out of sight before leaving the machine.”

Five top tips to keep your details safe when using an ATM:

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Notes to Editors

(1)       All figures are based upon LINK transactions, therefore estimates relate only to transactions through the LINK network. All projections for 2014 are Sainsbury’s Bank estimates based on analysis of historical LINK ATM and usage data

(2)       For debit card users


For further information, please contact:

Tom Wilson, Citigate Dewe Rogerson on 020 7282 2842
Lorna Gilmour, Sainsbury’s Bank on 0131 286 0786


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