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Shoppers are warming to splash cash

By Vicky Shaw

Households made the most of the warmer weather in July by spending more on new clothes, meals out and day trips, a report has found.

Despite the economic uncertainty following the vote to leave the EU, spending increased by 1.6% year-on-year in July, according to Visa UK's Consumer Spending Index.

Kevin Jenkins, UK and Ireland managing director at Visa, said: "July's data suggests that UK consumer spending is holding up despite the ongoing uncertainty following the referendum, albeit at lower levels of growth than we've seen in the last couple of years."

Hotels, restaurants and bars recorded an annual growth rate of 8.9% in consumer spending.

Recreation and culture saw a 5.2% annual increase, while spending on food and beverages was up by 5.1%.

There was also a 3.9% increase in spending on clothing and footwear, as holidaymakers prepared for their summer getaways.

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