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December rounds up strongest quarter for consumer spend since 2014

Headline findings · Consumer spending up +2.6% on the year in December · Spending growth remains solid in e-commerce categories (+5.5% year-on-year), but rises only slightly in face-to-face categories (+0.7%) · Hotels, Restaurants & Bars (+7.3%) and Recreation & Culture (+6.4%) see strongest increases in expenditure

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Solid overall spending growth in December, but e-commerce the clear winner at Christmas

• Consumer spending increases solidly in December (+2.3% year-on-year), rounding off 2015 as the second strongest year since 2008 • Sharp rise in e-commerce spending (+7.4%), but face-to-face spending is broadly flat (-0.1%) • Growth led by Hotels, Restaurants & Bars (+8.1%), Household Goods (+4.9%) and Recreation & Culture (+4.8%)