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October spending declines at fastest rate in four years, driven by poor performance on the high street

Headline findings: - Overall spending falls at quickest rate since September 2013 (-2.0% year on year) - The high street suffers from the second-steepest drop since April 2012 (-5.0%) - Clothing & Footwear sees record decline in spend (-9.0%) - Hotels, Restaurants & Bars show resilience, reporting growth of +3.2%

Mobile Payments soar as Europeans embrace new ways to pay

The number of Europeans regularly using a mobile device for payments has tripled since 2015 (54% vs 18%) 74% of British consumers are ‘Mobile Payments users’ – people who manage their money or make payments using a mobile device The fastest growth rate for mobile banking adoption is with 55-64 year olds

Summer hotspots confirmed: East Asia and Eastern Europe enjoy surge in UK tourism spend

• Strong summer for trips abroad, with total spend by Brits up 5.4% over summer 2014 • Far-flung destinations such as Indonesia, Mexico and Japan saw fastest growth in UK holiday spend • Brits are increasingly going card-first abroad