Heatwave and World Cup boost consumer spending in UK in July
Essential spending was up 8.7% last month, with supermarket spending 6.7% higher and spending on petrol up 13%.
Meanwhile, pub spending rose 16.8% - the biggest jump since April last year - rising a whopping 73% on the day of England's semi-final against Croatia in the World Cup.
Almost a quarter of consumers said the hot weather had prompted them to spend more money than usual on experiences and outdoor activities, while women's clothing also benefited from the heat, with spending on that up 4.5% as shoppers updated their wardrobes.
Spending at garden centres increased 8.1%, while spending at amusement parks rose 8.4% last month.
Despite the rise in consumer spending, shoppers remained cautious about the wider economic picture, with confidence in household finances dropping six percentage points from June to 59% in July.
Interest rates were a concern, with one in three saying they were worried that the Bank of England rate hike last week means they will have less spending money each month. ■