Deloitte’s Leisure Consumer Q2 2018 quarterly survey of 3,166 UK adults shows that spending on leisure activities increased both year-on-year and quarterly, with a 3% growth over Q2 2017 and 2% over the first quarter of this year.
Out of 11 categories studied, spending on eating out rose 5% over 2017, although spend on short break holidays fell 2%. Spend on drinking in pubs and bars rose 4% over 2017 and in coffee shops/sandwich shops 3%.
The weather in Q2 this year combined with feel-good factors saw a 5% rise in spending on culture and entertainment, and the survey also showed that UK consumers expect to increase their spending in all but one of the categories over the next three months.
Deloitte sees this rise in discretionary spend as a sign of consumer confidence in disposable income.