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Michael Brown

Content Writer
Published: 21/04/2022

Restaurants rake in more than double the income they received last year.

Spending at UK restaurants this Easter weekend were up 116.2% compared to last year, according to data from Barclaycard Payments. Much of this can be owed to the ease of lockdown regulations, which only permitted outdoor seating at restaurants last year.

“Many experience–led businesses alongside food and drink retailers received a significant boost in trade, which will no doubt be welcome news against the wider backdrop of concerns around the cost of living,” said Harshna Cayley, Head of Online Payments at Barclaycard Payments.

Trading figures were up 35.2% when compared to the Easter bank holiday in 2019, a year before the pandemic began.

Fast food and pubs

Fast food spending rose by 25% compared to the Easter weekend in 2019. Meanwhile, spending in pubs, bars and nightclubs was up 74% compared to three years ago.

According to Barclaycard, this can be attributed to an increased popularity of chip and PIN contactless spending, which accelerated during the pandemic.

Compared to last year’s Easter weekend, fast food spending increased by 35.3%. There was no data for spending in pubs, bars and nightclubs as these businesses were closed due to lockdown regulations.

Credit card spending

“As many Brits get back to work, businesses will be hopeful that the recent spell of warmer weather returns in time for the next Bank Holiday in early May,” said Cayley.

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