More than one in five card payments are now made through contactless cards in the UK, according to the new figures released by the UK Cards Association.
In August 2016, contactless cards were used for 21% of card payments, totalling £2.3bn, compared to 7.9% in August last year.
The figures further highlight that average contactless card transaction in August 2016 stood at £8.97, compared to £7.12 in August 2015.
The number of contactless transactions increased to 260.7 million in August 2016 from 89 million in August 2015.
Additionally, the number of contactless debit cards in circulation rose to 97 million in August this year from 74.5 million in August 2015.
The UK Cards Association head of policy Richard Koch said: “Contactless cards have exploded in popularity over the past year and are now being used for one in every five card payments.
“While more shoppers than ever are using contactless cards for small purchases, we are excited by the possibilities they will bring over the coming years for public transport operators and charities.”