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Consumer spending bounces back strongly in September

• Consumer spending increases +2.4% year-on-year in September, having been broadly flat in August (+0.1%) • Spending via e-commerce increases solidly (+6.0% on the year), while face-to-face expenditure saw a minimal increase (+0.1%) • Recreation & Culture (+6.8%) and Hotels, Restaurants & Bars (+6.0%) are best performing sectors

Solid increase in September consumer spending, driven by leisure and entertainment activities

Headline findings: • Consumer spending continues to rise at a steady rate of +1.8% year-on-year • Solid increases seen across a broad range of categories, with the Recreation & Culture and Clothing & Footwear sectors among the best performers • Strong growth for e-commerce of +5.8% year-on-year, though high street spending remains flat