• Friday, September 17, 2021
India Corona Update 
Total Fatalities 443,928
Total Cases 33,347,325
Today's Fatalities 431
Today's Cases 30,570
Pakistan Corona Update 
Total Fatalities 418,480
Total Cases 31,216,337
Today's Fatalities 3,998
Today's Cases 42,015
Sri Lanka Corona Update 
Total Fatalities 418,480
Total Cases 31,216,337
Today's Fatalities 3,998
Today's Cases 42,015
Bangladesh Corona Update 
Total Fatalities 418,480
Total Cases 31,216,337
Today's Fatalities 3,998
Today's Cases 42,015
UK Corona Update 
Total Fatalities 418,480
Total Cases 31,216,337
Today's Fatalities 3,998
Today's Cases 42,015
India corona update 
Total Fatalities 443,928
Total Cases 33,347,325
Today's Fatalities 431
Today's Cases 30,570

News

Britons splash lockdown cash on dining, gardens…and pets

A Yeoman Warder leads a group on the day of the first “Beefeater” tour of the Tower of London in 16 months. (REUTERS/Peter Nicholls)

By: Sattwik Biswal

BRITONS splashed lockdown cash in the second quarter as coronavirus restrictions eased, splurging on going out, gardening, holidays and pampered pets, lender Nationwide said on Thursday (22).

Nationwide revealed a 20 per cent jump in transactions among its customers in the three months to the end of June, compared with the first quarter.

Non-essential spending by customers meanwhile soared by 60 per cent in the second quarter, the nation’s biggest building society said in a report based on about 566 million transactions in the period.

Holidays registered the biggest increase, with spending soaring 141 percent, particularly for caravanning and camping staycations in Britain.

Gardening items jumped 77 per cent, while spending on eating out more than doubled thanks to the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.

There were 9.39 million transactions in bars and pubs in the period, not far from the 9.56 million in the first quarter of last year, before the pandemic erupted.

Britons meanwhile spent £124.5 million ($171 million, 146 million euros) in the second quarter on items for their beloved pets, up seven per cent from the first.

“The UK continues to have a love affair with pets,” Nationwide said, noting the money splurged on “our furry and feathered friends” was the biggest increase among the essential expenditure segments.

Other top spending targets included charity donations and shops, clothing and shoes, health and beauty, home improvements, and leisure and recreation.

“As the country reopens .. consumer spending is following suit as people loosen those purse strings and start to enjoy getting back out there,” said Mark Nalder, head of payments at Nationwide.

“This yearning for a sense of normality, combined with a successful vaccination programme, is perhaps what is driving spend upwards – with a significant increase in holiday spend a prime example of this.

And the trend is expected to continue into the summer months.

“We expect non-essential spending to continue edging up as people look to enjoy their freedom using some of the savings built up during lockdown,” Nalder added.

(AFP)

Eastern Eye

Related Stories

Eastern Eye

Videos

Mamta Handa on her chat show Be You, experience of…
Pranutan Bahl on Helmet, its direct-to-digital release, if Salman Khan…
Karan Nath on his journey in Bigg Boss OTT, his…