Sunshine and football give UK pubs and bars 4.5 per cent boost, Barclaycard Payments data shows

Despite the ongoing social distancing restrictions, the total amount spent at UK pubs jumped 4.5 per cent over the weekend (12-13 June), compared to the previous weekend (5-6 June), likely thanks to football fans watching the opening games of Euro 2020.

  • Supermarket revenues were up 1.9 per cent, as people bought picnics to enjoy in the sunshine
  • Both sectors also outpaced their pre-pandemic performance – pubs and bars were up 1.6 per cent compared to the same weekend in 2019, and supermarkets were up 16.3 per cent
  • Petrol spend was also up 3.4 per cent week-on-week, with more friends and families taking advantage of the great weather to get together

Rob Cameron, CEO of Barclaycard Payments, said: “It wasn’t just football fans that had cause to celebrate this weekend – the combination of sport and sunshine brought a welcome boost to the UK economy, especially for pubs, bars and supermarkets. While this continues to be a challenging trading period for the hospitality industry, this weekend’s figures are hopefully an early indicator of brighter times ahead when all lockdown restrictions are lifted.”

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