Figures show restaurant bookings dip

By Georgi Gyton

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ONS and OpenTable figures reveal restaurant bookings dip

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The UK has seen a dip in weekly card spending, and fewer restaurant bookings, on the previous week, according to the latest weekly figures collated by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Overall restaurant bookings fell by two percentage points in the week to 22 May, according to Open Table figures; while spending on credit and debit cards – not adjusted for inflation or time of year – fell three percentage points on the previous week.

However, seated diners in Manchester rose by five percentage points, with the number of diners in London remaining broadly unchanged from the previous week.

Earlier this week, the results of a YouGov poll found that 39% of Brits have cut back on eating out​, with 38% no longer able to spend as much money on takeaways.

The survey indicated Brits have been forced to make reductions on 24 areas of household spending as the cost of living crisis continues to bite.

Twenty-six percent said they had reduced their spend on eating out over the past six months, with 9% cutting it out entirely, while 25% spent less on takeaways, with 9% cutting their expenditure to zero.

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