Card turnover at independent fast food restaurants across the UK fell 4% in Q2 2012 compared to the same period two years ago, according to CardSave. The figures, which came from an analysis of card payments at over 2,000 small, independent restaurants, found that the average card turnover at fast food restaurants in Q2 of this year was £9,010.08, down from £9,343.17 in the same period in 2010. Clive Kahn, chief executive of CardSave, said: “What is particularly worrying is that we know that card spending as a proportion of total spending is up, with people increasingly favouring cards over cash to pay for their purchases. This means that the effect in terms of turnover at small businesses is probably even more drastic than these numbers reflect. Small businesses have been disproportionately affected by the downturn. “Small fast food restaurants need to remain competitive in this continuing difficult economic climate, and taking card payments will help them gain an edge over their business rivals. Our YouGov survey showed that nearly a quarter of consumers will walk out of a shop that doesn’t take card payments. It could easily be the same for fast food restaurants meaning those that only accept cash are at a distinct disadvantage. And that’s before you take the recession into consideration.”

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