The volume of restaurant transactions in the UK has seen a rise, making it more than two years since it has seen a decline in people eating out.
Research carried out for the Q3 edition of the ‘Barclaycard Consumer Spending Report’, found that nearly a third (30%) of consumers say they are better off now than they were expecting to be a year ago and more than half (52%) say they are confident in their job security (up from 48% in Q2).
Despite the high rainfall in August, restaurants grew 12.6%, representing their 26th month of consecutive double-digit growth.
However, the amount spent per restaurant transaction was down 5.6%, although the number of transactions was up 19.3% which indicates that, with no fall in prices, more visits are being made, but for smaller meals.
Chris Wood, managing director at Barclaycard, said: “Looking ahead to the last quarter, a majority of consumers say they feel positive about their finances and plan to spend more on non-essentials, meaning it could be a good end to the year for many retailers.”