Decline in average spend expected to abate as dine-in operations resume

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New figures shows that average spend on eating and drinking out fell in the four weeks ending 18 April but participation rose, as the hospitality sector partially reopened.

The data from Lumina Intelligence reveals that average spend fell 12% to £8.30, as lower spend channels including retail and coffee shops gain share as commuters return to offices.

As venues reopened outside, the number of consumers eating and drinking out rose by three percentage points to 44%.

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Drinks enjoyed the biggest bounce, up five percentage points, while dinner occasions were down five percentage pubs as consumer made the most of warmer, daytime hours.

That has driven a two percentage points decline in channel share for restaurants. Instead, consumers are making the most of day time outdoor socialising, which is reflected through coffee and sandwich shops increasing share by three percentage points.

Burgers were the most popular item, making up 25.3% of all eating out occasions.

Blonnie Whist, insight director at Lumina Intelligence said: “With hospitality businesses finally able to reopen their doors to consumers, we have seen a small boost in participation during this four-week period.

“As restrictions begin to ease, we expect to see participation continue to grow, as well as average spend even out as dine-in operations resume and consumers return to their favourite bars, pubs and restaurant.”

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