Takeaway and fast food sales up 63.2% in November

Consumer card spending grew 16% in November compared to the same period in 2019, with growth seen across restaurants, pubs and bars.

Data from Barclaycard has revealed that takeaways and fast food surged by 63.2% in November as darker and colder evenings have drawn in.

Barclaycard said this trend is likely to continue as more than one in five Brits are reportedly planning to spend more on takeaways to “enjoy nights in over the winter months”.

The data, which sees nearly half of the nation’s credit and debit card transactions, also revealed that restaurants, though still in decline of -4.3%, saw an improvement on October levels of -8.3%. Meanwhile, bars, pubs and clubs also saw growth of 34.2%.

Additionally, consumer card spending reportedly grew 16% last month compared to the same period in 2019, with early Christmas shopping giving a boost to hospitality and leisure.

Spending on non-essential items saw its highest increase at 17.7% since before the pandemic, with spending at specialist food and drink stores increasing by 64.7% respectively.

Jose Carvalho, head of Consumer Products, said: “The arrival of Christmas markets and lights across the UK brought some festive cheer to the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors in November, while the return of darker nights and colder evenings saw Brits spend more on at-home pursuits such as takeaways and home entertainment.

“As we head into final preparations for the holiday season, it’s unclear how the new Covid variant and potential further restrictions will impact socialising, shopping and consumer confidence. In light of recent changes, we will need to wait and see whether this has an impact on how Brits choose to finish their Christmas shopping this year.”

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