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Overall consumer spending in April up: but inflation and living costs impact hospitality sector according to Barclaycard data (Credit: Getty/ljubaphoto)

Consumer spending up 18.1% in April

By Rebecca Weller

Consumer card spending grew 18.1% in April compared with the same period in 2019, however, inflation and rising living costs impacted the hospitality sector with smaller uplifts than March, data from Barclaycard has shown.

Spending rise: the good weather and first restriction-free Easter weekend since 2019 saw a sales boost for pubs (image : Getty/mihailomilovanovic)

Easter bank holiday spend up 74%

By Nikkie Thatcher

Consumer spend in UK pubs, bars and nightclubs over the Easter weekend this year was up by almost three quarters (74%) compared to 2019 figures.

56.2% of UK SMEs report a rise in earnings: 40% plan to hire an average of 6 new staff members before March (Credit: Getty/georgeclerk)

SMEs look to hire staff after positive growth

By Rebecca Weller

During the last quarter of 2021, 56.2% of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK reported a rise in earnings when compared with the same period in 2020, according to the latest quarterly Barclaycard Payments SME Barometer.

Consumer spending in pubs was down 13.8% in December 2021: New Year's resolutions show optimism for spending in 2022 (Credit: Getty/ fpphotobank)

Consumer spending in December dropped by 13.8%

By Rebecca Weller

The hospitality sector was among the hardest hit in December 2021 as bars, pubs and clubs saw a growth of 21.2% compared to 35.0% the previous month, new data for Barclaycard has shown.

Rising up: consumer spending in pubs rose in November, compared to the previous month (image: Getty/Kathrin Ziegler)

Spending in pubs up by a third

By Nikkie Thatcher

Consumer spending in bars, pubs and clubs was up by 34.2% in November against October, according to recent data.

Consumers enjoyed more time in pubs and restaurant this month (Credit: Getty/ Henrik Sorensen)

Pubs and bars enjoy 43.5% boost during September

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs, bars and clubs benefited from a 43.5% boost during September while entertainment saw its strongest growth in more than two years with an increase of 28 % owing to new film releases, gigs and theatre shows encouraging Brits back to venues.

Increase for trade: consumer spending in the pub sector rose for the first time since February, research has uncovered

Spending in pubs up for first time since before lockdown

By Nikkie Thatcher

Consumer spending in pubs and bars saw a 9% rise – the first increase for the sector since February, with 44% of pubgoers feeling less cautious about visiting the on-trade now than in August (50%), new research has found.

Hand in hand: the rise in sales coincides with the Government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme

Spending in pubs up 9.3% on last year

By Nikkie Thatcher

Customer spending in pubs and bars saw a rise of 9.3% last month (August) versus 2019 – the first uplift since lockdown started.

Experience: how to build an entertainment-led pub business

In association with Barclaycard

How to grow an experience-led pubco like Pelle Pub Company

By Robert Mann

Building a pub company without a point of difference just won’t cut it these days. However, those that deliver a unique experience in their sites are set up for a fruitful future

Get it right: there's a skill to taking card payments right

In association with Barclaycard

Cash is dead: Long live the card

By Nicholas Robinson

With most consumers now adopting the Queen’s technique of never carrying cash, it has seldom been more important for pubs to get their card payment strategy just right.

Finance: Safety PIN

Finance: Safety PIN

Portable Chip & PIN machines taken to a customer's table do much to enhance the eating experience.Customer service is an increasingly important...