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Growth in consumer spending in the UK March 2020, by category

In March 2020, when the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis hit the United Kingdom (UK) and the government took extensive social distancing measures, consumer expenditure saw unprecedented fall in a number of retail and leisure categories. Compared to the same month in the previous year, while spending in grocery, supermarkets, food and drinks specialists saw growth rates of above 20 percent; apparel retailers and department stores, which remained closed during the national lockdown, suffered a decrease of 25.2 and 14.8 percent respectively. Overall, in the UK spending dropped by 6 percent in March 2020.

Percentage change in consumer expenditure in the United Kingdom (UK) in March 2020, by category

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Release date

April 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

March 2020

Supplementary notes

* * Data is based on Barclaycard credit card and Barclaycard debit card transactions. The source adds that "Barclaycard sees nearly half of the nation's credit and debit card transactions."

The source indicates that March 2020 data refers to the period between February 22, 2020 to March, 27 2020. It is compared with February 23 2019 to March 29, 2019.

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