UK consumers are spending more when they eat out, but eating out less, according to a new survey.
Figures for eating out in 2008 are down 11 per cent on the same period from last year, according to new research statistics from market analysts Friary Marketing and Consulting Group’s ‘QuickBite’ survey.
The number of people dining out is now at it’s lowest since the survey was started back in 2003, with takeaways constituting the most popular ‘out of home’ meal choice in the last quarter.
Average spend, conversely, is up 11 per cent to £11.15 pp – showing that consumers are saving their money for special occasions according to FMCG Director David Humphreys.
The downfall is particularly pronounced in the North of England, with the Midlands and London remaining on a more even keel.