Cash remains most common means of payment in Germany

Getting euros from a cash machine

Cash remained the main means of payment in Germany in 2021, although its usage has dropped considerably since 2017, a Deutsche Bundesbank study finds.

The Bundesbank’s sixth study on payment behaviour in Germany, published on July 6, found a considerable fall in cash use and a rise in electronics payments. The survey shows participants used banknotes for 58% of their payments over the last year.

This is down from 74% in 2017, when the central bank carried the previous study. This decline in

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