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UK Consumer spending on course for weakest year since 2013 despite modest August uptick

- Consumer spending rises for first time since April (+0.3% year-on-year) - Growth driven by higher E-commerce expenditure (+6.5% on the year), as Face-to-Face continues to decline (-2.6%) - With average growth of 0.2% each month this year, consumer spending is on track for its weakest calendar year of growth since 2013

Consumer spend falls for the third month in a row

• Consumer spending falls by -0.8% on an annual basis, following declines in May and June • Transport & Communication (-6.1%) and Clothing & Footwear (-5.2%) see most marked reductions in spend • Face-to-Face expenditure falls at quicker pace (-3.7% on the year), while E-commerce spend increases by +3.6%

Consumer spend falls for the third month in a row

Headline findings • Consumer spending falls by -0.8% on an annual basis, following declines in May and June • Transport & Communication (-6.1%) and Clothing & Footwear (-5.2%) see most marked reductions in spend • Face-to-Face expenditure falls at quicker pace (-3.7% on the year), while E-commerce spend increases by +3.6%

Household spending sees slowest growth in almost three years

Headline findings: • Expenditure growth slows since July, rising by just +0.1% on the year • Hotels, Bars & Restaurants (+4.3%) and Recreation & Culture (+2.0%) both see slower increases in spend • Clothing & Footwear sees renewed fall in expenditure (-2.6%) • Reduced spending in face-to-face categories (-2.8%) is offset by further growth in e-commerce (+3.2%)

Household spending broadly flat in August

Headline findings: • Expenditure growth slows since July, rising by just +0.1% on the year • Hotels, Bars & Restaurants (+4.3%) and Recreation & Culture (+2.0%) both see slower increases in spend • Clothing & Footwear sees renewed fall in expenditure (-2.6%) • Reduced spending in face-to-face categories (-2.8%) is offset by further growth in e-commerce (+3.2%)