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    Business cash deposits rose in October

    Business cash deposits at Post Offices were up 3.3 per cent in October compared with the previous month, revealed new figures released today (13).

    Business cash deposits totalled £1.12 billion in October compared with £1.09 billion in September indicating businesses are starting to see an increase in cash transactions as the festive season starts to get underway.

    Personal cash deposits totalled £1.32 billion in October, up 0.8% month-on-month (£1.31 billion, September 2023). Personal cash deposits dipped 0.8% year-on-year (£1.33 billion, October 2022).

    Overall, the volume of cash deposit transactions was up over 550,000 year-on-year (+10.2%). Business cash deposit volumes alone were over 8% higher than last year indicating that businesses are responding to bank-imposed cash limits by depositing smaller values but at higher volumes at their local Post Office. Post Offices continue to play a critical role in the survival of small businesses as they enter the Christmas period providing convenient and secure locations to deposit cash takings. A recent independent report by London Economics found that two out of five SMEs (39%) believe that the availability of cash and banking services at Post Offices is important.

    Personal cash withdrawals at Post Offices across the UK totalled £821 million in October. This was up 0.5% month-on-month (£818 million, September 2023). Personal cash withdrawals were up almost 6% year-on-year (£777 million, October 2022).

    In total, £3.3 billion worth of cash was deposited and withdrawn over the counter at Post Office’s 11,500 branches. That compares to £3.25 billion in September.  

    Martin Kearsley, Post Office Banking Director, said, “For many people and businesses, cost of living challenges remain. The increase in value and volume of business cash deposits does indicate the continuing importance of cash in many peoples’ lives, and businesses are having to adjust to the bank-imposed limits on how much they can deposit each time. Postmasters are here to support their local communities with all of their cash needs and particularly in the run-up to Christmas as people use cash to budget and businesses rely on somewhere open long hours to deposit much needed cash takings.”

    The over £3 billion worth of cash transactions at Post Office branches have been driven by continued bank branch closures, highlighting the importance of Post Offices within communities. Since 2015, a total of 5,632 banks and building societies have closed or are scheduled to close and over 500 bank branch closures have been announced for 2023 so far.

    Post Office has partnerships with over 30 banks, building societies and credit unions meaning that 99% of UK bank customers can access their accounts at their Post Office branch.

    Post Office Cash tracker data – October 2023

     Cash deposits value (business & personal)MOM%YOY%Cash withdrawals value (business & personal)MOM%YOY%Total cash deposits & withdrawal value for October 2023
    UK£2.44bn+1.9%-0.3%£852.1m+0.4%+5.9%£3.30bn
    England£2.03bn+2.2%+0.2%£667.0m+0.3%+6.5%£2.70bn
    Scotland£162.9m-0.1%-5.5%£59.1m+1.2%+2.7%£222.0m
    Wales£125.9m+0.8%+0.3%£67.0m+0.6%+3.2%£192.9m
    Northern Ireland£124.9m+1.5%-2.1%£59.1m+0.5%+5.7%£184.0m


    Business cash deposits

    Business cash deposits rose in October

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    Business cash deposits rose in October

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    Business cash deposits rose in October

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