New \u00a310 note suggests that a cashless society is a long way off

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It looks as if the days of cash are numbered. Last year card payments accounted for over half of all retail transactions in the UK. Contactless payments are booming as people opt to wave a piece a plastic rather than fumbling around for change. The slow slide towards a cashless society looks inevitable.

But if cash is on the way out, why is the Bank of England bothering to replace paper £10 notes with new polymer ones this week? They might just be delaying the inevitable, but there are reasons to

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