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Consumer spending slows amid economic and political uncertainty

• Slowest increase in consumer spending since February 2014 • Transportation and communications dropped -5.2% year-on-year, driven by slowing growth in car sales • Clothing & Footwear retailers buck the trend, posting +4.2% year-on-year, its first rise in three months • Growth in e-commerce slows to +2.3% year-on-year while face-to-face expenditure falls slightly on an annual basis (-0.8%)

Consumer spending slows amid economic and political uncertainty

• Slowest increase in consumer spending since February 2014 • Transportation and communications dropped -5.2% year-on-year, driven by slowing growth in car sales • Clothing & Footwear retailers buck the trend, posting +4.2% year-on-year, its first rise in three months • Growth in e-commerce slows to +2.3% year-on-year while face-to-face expenditure falls slightly on an annual basis (-0.8%)

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%)

High street enjoys a strong return in January

Headline findings: • Consumer spending rose +2.7% on an annual basis in January, the highest growth rate since May 2014 • Clothing & Footwear surged +5.0% from a dip in December, thanks to cold weather and January sales • High Street spending bounced back to an eight-month high