Level of cash use in Greece 2004-2019

Between 2014 and 2019, the share of cash money in Greek retail payment transactions decreased with more than 20 percentage points. 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 in total payment transactions in Greece from 2004 to 2019

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Release date

October 2020

Region

Greece

Survey time period

2004 to 2019

Supplementary notes

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 Greece, numbers on e-money only became available after 2014. This could play a part in the decreasing shares after that year.

The values used in the calculations for Greece were in euros.

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