The use of cash in Latvia decreased significantly between 2010 and 2019, as the market share of cash money in retail payment transactions decreased with close to 30 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 Latvia from 2000 to 2019
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 Latvia, numbers on e-money were only provided in 2014, 2015 and 2018.
* The declining market share in 2019 was caused by significant decrease in OTC cash withdrawals, from 2.5 billion euros in 2018 to 790 million euros in 2019. The reason did not specify the exact reason for this development.
The values used in the calculations for Latvia were in euros.
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