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Spending in restaurants at a five-year high

By Hannah Thompson , 16-Feb-2017
Last updated on 17-Feb-2017 at 10:31 GMT2017-02-17T10:31:54Z

Spending in restaurants at a five-year high

Spending on eating out in restaurants and cafes, and staying in hotels, is at a five-year high.

British household spend on restaurants, cafés and hotels went above £45 per week for the first time since 2011, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics for the year ending March 2016.

This included spending on alcoholic drinks being consumed in pubs.

Restaurants and hotels came in fifth place in total at £45.10, just under food and non-alcoholic drinks (£56.80); recreation and culture (£68); housing, fuel and power (£72.50); and transport (£72.50).

This contrasted to a record low in spend on alcohol and cigarettes – separate to alcohol in pubs or restaurants ‒ which fell to below £12 per week for the first time since comparable records began in 2001-2002.

Overall, the new report showed that households had not completely recovered from the financial crisis of 2008, with overall weekly family spend of £528.90 per week still less than 2007 figures.

In a statement, Jo Bulman, ONS statistician, said: “While overall household spending didn’t change much in real terms since the previous year, we did see some interesting shifts in the types of things people are spending their money on.”

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