Cash was a dominant payment method in Bulgaria, with over 80 percent of all transactions being done with cash money in 2020. This according to estimations based on the available data regarding cash withdrawals and payment transactions. No data exists on the actual use of cash money, outside of survey diaries. Such a diary, covering consumers' use of cash money in shops, was held in Europe only once, in 2017. As not all payment data is readily available, like the use of OTC or over-the-counter cash withdrawals, note this can still mean that the cash share numbers provided here are not necessarily accurate.
Share of cash estimate at point of sale (POS) in Bulgaria from 2014 to 2021
The numbers provided have been calculated by Statista, using numbers on ATM and OTC withdrawals. See the "Details" tab for more information
No data is available that covers the exact volume of transactions conducted with cash money. In order to make a credible estimation, this calculation looked at the following indicators:
Value of ATM cash withdrawals (either with cards issued by resident PSPs at any terminal, provided by either a resident or non-resident PSP, or with cards issued by non-resident PSPs at terminals provided by resident PSPs;
Value of OTC or over-the-counter cash withdrawals;
Value of card payments, issued by resident PSPs;
Value of e-money payment transactions, issued by resident PSPs.
To summarize, this methodology tries to put cash withdrawals, either at an ATM or OTC, in perspective of all payment transactions (withdrawals + card payment+ e-money transactions) within a country. Numbers on checks, ACH or instant payments have not been used.
Note that numbers on OTC withdrawals and e-money are not always readily available for all years. Multiple sources were consulted to get to these numbers. In the case of Bulgaria, no OTC numbers from before 2014. Additionally, there were no numbers on e-money in 2013 and earlier.
The values used in the calculations for Bulgaria were in Bulgarian lev.
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Statista. (July 22, 2022). Share of cash estimate at point of sale (POS) in Bulgaria from 2014 to 2021 [Graph]. In Statista. Retrieved December 01, 2022, from https://www.statista.com/statistics/1094685/cash-use-in-bulgaria/
Statista. "Share of cash estimate at point of sale (POS) in Bulgaria from 2014 to 2021." Chart. July 22, 2022. Statista. Accessed December 01, 2022. https://www.statista.com/statistics/1094685/cash-use-in-bulgaria/
Statista. (2022). Share of cash estimate at point of sale (POS) in Bulgaria from 2014 to 2021. Statista. Statista Inc.. Accessed: December 01, 2022. https://www.statista.com/statistics/1094685/cash-use-in-bulgaria/
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