Christmas shoppers withdrew £572 million from LINK ATMs on Friday 20th December making it the busiest day of the year.
However, with some shoppers moving away from cash as a payment method, this falls well short of the highs of previous years. The busiest day ever was Friday 23rd December 2016 when a massive £730 million was withdrawn from LINK machines while last year, Friday the 21st December was the busiest day with £701 million dispensed.
Graham Mott, Director of Strategy, LINK: “Christmas is traditionally one of the busiest times of year for ATMs, with shoppers hitting the high streets and revelers heading for pubs and clubs for their Christmas parties.”
“Consumers shopping habits are changing fast with many now buying their presents online or looking for early Black Friday deals. However, cash is still an important part of Christmas spending and everyone can rest assured that the cash machines will be well-stocked for any last-minute presents and to tie people over the festive season.”