220,000 AIB customers banked online on Christmas Day

There was a 29% increase in mobile activity compared with 2015

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On Christmas Day over 220,000 AIB customers took time out of their Christmas festivities to bank online.

AIB Head of Digital Channel Development Seán Jevens said today "Although Christmas is traditionally a very quiet day for banking, our data shows that over 220,000 customers checked in on Christmas Day to review their balance, check for pending transactions, transfer funds, pay a bill or top-up a phone."

The new data also shows a clear shift towards mobile. Over 80% of all the visits on Christmas Day originated on a smartphone, while mobile activity rose 29% on Christmas Day 2016 compared with Christmas Day 2015.

The data also highlighted the global spread of AIB customers. Logins came from a total of 120 countries. The top five foreign countries were the UK, Poland, USA, Spain and Australia.

Mobile Banking continues to grow in popularity. Over 600,000 customers now use the AIB Mobile Banking App, logging in to manage their finances over eight million times a month.

Jevens said "The migration to online banking is also not unique to the personal customer base. In the run up to Christmas we experienced the highest ever payment volumes on our Internet Business Banking service (iBB) on December 21st. This growing demand is driving our continued investment in technology."