Visa Card Payment Systems Go Down Across Europe

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A Sainsbury's spokesperson said: "We are aware that Visa are now experiencing problems".

A Visa spokesperson confirmed the outage but did not reveal any other details, such as its cause or its scale.

Visa says it is "working as quickly as possible to resolve the situation".

Earlier on Friday, millions of Visa costumers were left unable to use their bank cards.

Customers have had their cards declined despite having adequate funds, due to the widespread problem which is affecting Visa users across Europe.

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The problem affected large sections of the United Kingdom and Europe.

Visa card payment failures have spread across Europe, frustrating shoppers and travelers who were advised to seek out cash-or use Mastercard's service.

It encouraged customers to try contactless transactions as they had "a better chance of going through". "If there was ever a reason to not go cashless, visa crashing nationally is it", Twitter user Rachel Crooks said.

It is understood the Bank of England is aware of the issue and is in touch with Visa.

"This is an industry wide issue which is being investigated as a matter of urgency and we apologise for any inconvenience".