Data From Visa Shows Consumer Spending Picked Up Last Month

Whilst data released last week by British Retail Consortium suggested that shoppers are starting to adopt a more cautious approach as prices start to rise, latest figures from Visa show that consumer spending restored some momentum in February.

Overall spend grew at an annual rate of 1.5% from a low point of 0.4% in the previous month.

Kevin Jenkins, UK & Ireland Managing Director at Visa, commented: “Growth in the experience sector continues to be a significant driver. Valentine’s Day and the half-term break gave consumers more reasons to dine out and treat their loved ones to short getaways around the UK. At the same time, the level of growth in the leisure and hospitality sectors was softer than we have seen in the past year, showing signs that consumers are becoming more cautious with their discretionary spending. And for clothing retailers, February was yet another challenging month, recording the biggest drop across all the sectors that we track.

“Notably, online retailers continued to enjoy strong growth, while the high street trailed behind, declining for the third month in the last four.”