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More retailers vote for cash





Big supermarket chains and retailers such as ASDA, John Lewis and Co-Op have committed to continue accepting cash in stores.

They have signed up to a cash acceptance pledge, helping to ensure that customers who want to pay in coins and banknotes will not be excluded by the transition to digital payments, Which? has said.

Aldi, Asda, Co-op, John Lewis, LloydsPharmacy and Waitrose have made the public commitment to keep accepting cash in their stores.

Together, the supermarkets are responsible for nearly 4,500 stores in the UK, and have a combined grocery market share of more than 30%.

Now that restrictions are gradually lifting, Which? said it wants to ensure that the 10 million consumers who are not ready or able to give up cash are not left in a position where businesses are permanently refusing cash.

The consumer website is inviting all retailers, large and small, to sign the pledge, which is backed by retail associations, with the British Retail Consortium, Association of Convenience Stores and the British Independent Retailers Association.

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