Visa payment disruption hits Europe

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The bank HSBC said the "industry-wide issue" was affecting Visa payments, though ATM machines were still working.

Visa card payments are failing across the United Kingdom and Europe.

The visa outage seems to be by no means uniform, and other stores across the shopping precinct reported no problems at all this afternoon. "We will keep you updated".

United Kingdom shoppers struggled to make payments on Friday evening after a "service disruption" at Visa stopped some transactions from being processed.

Payment processing company Paymentsense says transactions are starting to go through after a period of disruption but "there is still some intermittency".

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United Kingdom bank NatWest said it was also looking into reports of card payments being declined.

The company said it is working towards resolving the problem.

Score of people took to social media to vent their frustration after the problem began around lunchtime on Friday.

'We apologise to all our partners & especially to Visa cardholders.

Labour's Angela Rayner tweeted about being affected by the outage, saying: "First time I've ever left without paying for my fuel #visa fail".

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