Credit card use in Cyprus jumped an annual 33% in 2018 to total €3.5b according to figures released by credit card clearing firm JCC.
Use of Cyprus credit cards abroad rose 10% to €1.75b for all of 2018 while foreign card use in Cyprus was up an annual 20% to €1.1b.
As regards use of cards by Greek Cypriots in the Turkish occupied north, this rose from €9.5m in 2017 to €15m in 2018.
Use of Turkish Cypriot cards in the government controlled areas was down as the Turkish lira lost value against the euro. It fell from €25.9m in 2017 to €17.6m in 2018.