Sunshine and football give UK pubs and bars 4.5% boost, Barclaycard Payments data shows

Despite the ongoing social distancing restrictions, the total amount spent at UK pubs jumped 4.5 per cent over the weekend (12-13 June), compared to the previous weekend (5-6 June), likely thanks to football fans watching the opening games of Euro 2020

·        Supermarket revenues were up 1.9 per cent, as people bought picnics to enjoy in the sunshine

·        Both sectors also outpaced their pre-pandemic performance – pubs and bars were up 1.6 per cent compared to the same weekend in 2019, and supermarkets were up 16.3 per cent

·        Petrol spend was also up 3.4 per cent week-on-week, with more friends and families taking advantage of the great weather to get together

Rob Cameron, CEO of Barclaycard Payments, said: “It wasn’t just football fans that had cause to celebrate this weekend – the combination of sport and sunshine brought a welcome boost to the UK economy, especially for pubs, bars and supermarkets. While this continues to be a challenging trading period for the hospitality industry, this weekend’s figures are hopefully an early indicator of brighter times ahead when all lockdown restrictions are lifted.”