Black Friday sales In November 2017, UK retail sales increased by 0.6% on a like-for-like basis from November 2016, when they had increased 0.6% from the preceding year.
On a total basis, sales rose 1.5% in November, against a growth of 1.3% in November 2016.
Future cardholding growth is expected to be largely driven by population growth.
Excluding food and energy, inflation remained stable at 1.9% in November.
Cardholders spent the most on food and drink (£114 billion), followed by other services (£100 billion), financial services (£80 billion) and entertainment (£57 billion).
A third of all card purchases in 2016 were made at supermarkets, while every fifth payment was on entertainment.
More specifically, there were 3.3 billion debit card payments amounting to £123.8 billion.
Credit card transactions numbered 924 million, amounting to £50.7 billion.