Pub and Bar Transactions Up 27.3% as Brits Make the Most of the Warm Weather

Data from Barclays has revealed that during Saturday and Sunday (27-28 May) transaction volumes increased across Hospitality and Leisure businesses.

Restaurants, pubs and bars, camping and caravan sites and sport centres benefitted from a significant increase in the total number of sales – compared to the equivalent dates in May* last year.

The categories which saw an uplift in transaction volumes include:
o Pubs and Bars – Up 27.3 per cent
o Camping & Caravan sites – Up 18.1 per cent
o Sports centres (including football and golf) – Up 16.7 per cent
o Restaurantss – Up 11.5 per cent

Marc Pettican, Head of Barclaycard Payments, said:
“Consumer spending surged over the weekend, especially in the Hospitality and Leisure sectors, as the arrival of the warmer weather kicked-off more sports and socialising.

“Outdoor activities – such as camping, football and golf – saw a spike in transactions, while pubs, bars and restaurants received a significant boost from Brits getting together with friends and family.

“This uplift in trade will be some welcome news for the Hospitality sector, amidst the ongoing strain of rising energy bills and the impact of the cost of living. Businesses will no doubt remain hopeful that customers continue to offer their support and keep venues busy as we head into the summer season.”