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Sharper slowdown in consumer spending during April

• Consumer spending rises at the weakest pace for three months in April (+0.5% year-on-year) • Renewed increase in face-to-face spend (+0.3%) contrasts with slight dip in e-commerce (-0.1%) • Food & Drink categories see best growth for three years (+5.9%), while Clothing & Footwear records first increase in expenditure for five months (+2.3%)

Sharper slowdown in consumer spending during April

• Consumer spending rises at the weakest pace for three months in April (+0.5% year-on-year) • Renewed increase in face-to-face spend (+0.3%) contrasts with slight dip in e-commerce (-0.1%) • Food & Drink categories see best growth for three years (+5.9%), while Clothing & Footwear records first increase in expenditure for five months (+2.3%)

Online spending grows at fastest rate for 16 months as the experience economy powers ahead

Headline findings: • Total consumer spending increases by +2.5% year-on-year in April • E-commerce growth rate of +8.4% year-on-year but face-to-face expenditure is broadly flat (+0.2% year-on-year) • Clothing and footwear sees biggest fall in year-on-year spending since September 2014

Wet weather hits the high street, but consumer spending maintains growth at end of Q1

Headline findings: • Consumer spending rises by +2.3% year-on-year • Strong increases in expenditure seen in Recreation & Culture (+5.6%) and Hotels, Restaurants & Bars (+5.3%), but spending at Clothing & Footwear retailers declines (-1.8%) • Growth led by higher e-commerce spending (+4.2%), as face-to-face expenditure falls slightly (-0.9%)