Electronic payments break new ground

A record 8,422,798 electronic payments using credit and debit cards were made on Christmas Eve. The figure is up 10% on the year says operator Worldline. Never before in the history of this country have Belgians used credit and debit cards so frequently.
Olivier Vin - heymana.com

At some points the system was processing 17,000 electronic payments a minute. The figure includes payments in shops, but also via websites, so called 'online shopping'.

At 15:34 a new record was set on Friday with 15,498 transactions a minute. Less than an hour later this record was trashed as 15,742 payments were recorded. At 11:42 on Christmas Eve 17,322 transactions were recorded per minute setting the new record.