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Last Updated: Monday, 16 July 2007, 10:09 GMT 11:09 UK
Sainsbury's stops taking cheques
Check-out staff in Sainsbury's
No more cheques at the check-out for Sainsbury's
Sainsbury's has become the latest big retailer to stop taking cheques, following the increasing popularity of debit cards instead.

From 1 August, its customers will no longer be able to use cheques to buy goods in the chain's 800 stores.

The supermarket says few people use cheques and argues that paying with them is too time-consuming.

Other firms in the UK have opted to phase out cheques including Asda, Morrisons, Boots, WH Smith and Shell.

London Underground stopped taking them from tube travellers on 15 July.

"Like other retailers they are being used less and less by our customers," said a Sainsbury's spokeswoman.

The number who still use them among its 17 million weekly customers was "very, very, small," she added.

However leaflets given to customers in Sainsbury's stores say the main reason for the decision is the continued level of fraud involving cheques

The retail group Argos will also stop taking cheques at the end of July.

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