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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%

February consumer spending picked up in momentum

• Spending rises +1.5% on the year in February, up from +0.4% in January • Expenditure through e-commerce channels continues to increase (+3.2%), while face-to-face spending falls again (-3.0%) • Recreation & Culture (+3.3%) and Hotels, Restaurants & Bars (+1.2%) see further increases in spend on an annual basis