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UK Consumer Spending Index August 2019: Continued steady fall in consumer spending

Press releases   •   Sep 18, 2019 11:17 BST

Headline Findings: • Consumer spending down -1.3% year-onyear during August • eCommerce (-0.5%) and Face-to-Face (-1.2%) both see expenditure decline • Clothing & Footwear see sharpest reduction in spending in almost two years (-6.4%)

UK Consumer Spending Index July 2019: Household spending falls again in July

Press releases   •   Aug 14, 2019 07:25 BST

Headline Findings: • Consumer spending declines by -1.2% year-on-year in July • eCommerce expenditure returns to growth (+1.1%), but Face-to-Face spend dips again (-2.9%) • Clothing & Footwear is worst performing sector, while Hotels, Restaurants and Bars see further rise in expenditure

Great British High Street Awards 2019 Shortlist Announced

Press releases   •   Aug 10, 2019 09:34 BST

• 40 high streets across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been shortlisted for the Great British High Street Awards 2019, in partnership with Visa • The high streets shortlisted are now in the running to win up to £15,000 • The announcement comes as new Visa research reveals that shopping on the local high street brings happiness to seven out of ten (73%) consumers surveyed*

UK Consumer Spending Index June 2019: June sees further modest reduction in spend

UK Consumer Spending Index June 2019: June sees further modest reduction in spend

Press releases   •   Jul 17, 2019 00:05 BST

Headline Findings: • Consumer spending falls by -1.4% in June, unchanged from May • Renewed drop in eCommerce spend (-0.8%), Face-to-Face records further decline (-2.1%) • Household Goods records fastest reduction in expenditure for over a year (-5.0%))

Contactless payments are biggest improvement to public transport experience, say UK commuters

Contactless payments are biggest improvement to public transport experience, say UK commuters

Press releases   •   Jul 15, 2019 15:16 BST

• Manchester today becomes the latest UK city to get the magic ‘touch’ as contactless payments launch across Metrolink tram network

UK Consumer Spending Index May 2019: Consumer spending falls modestly in May

UK Consumer Spending Index May 2019: Consumer spending falls modestly in May

Press releases   •   Jun 19, 2019 00:02 BST

Headline Findings: • Consumer spending declines by -1.4% year-on-year in May • Face-to-Face expenditure falls solidly (-3.6%), while eCommerce spend rises (+0.7%) • Transport & Communication sees quickest drop in spend (-6.2%), Hotels, Restaurants & Bars register best performance (+3.3%)

UK Consumer Spending Index March 2019: Consumer spending declines at softer pace in March

UK Consumer Spending Index March 2019: Consumer spending declines at softer pace in March

Press releases   •   Apr 17, 2019 08:21 BST

Headline Findings: • Consumer spending falls by -0.2%, weakest reduction in five months • Slight fall in Face-to-Face spend (-0.7%), but eCommerce expenditure rises by +0.5% • Food & Drink sees most marked reduction in expenditure (-3.6%) , while spend rises strongly in Household Goods (+5.4%)

UK Consumer Spending Index February 2019: February sees further modest fall in household spending

UK Consumer Spending Index February 2019: February sees further modest fall in household spending

Press releases   •   Mar 13, 2019 12:13 GMT

Headline Findings: • Consumer spending declines -1.8%, extending downward trend to five months • Face-to-Face expenditure falls -2.5%, eCommerce spend decreases by -1.1% • Transport & Communication (-5.6%) and Clothing & Footwear (-5.4%) see most marked reductions in expenditure

Visa Global Study Identifies Key Success Factors To Improve Daily Travel, Creating Smarter, More Efficient Cities

Press releases   •   Feb 27, 2019 11:41 GMT

• Visa and Stanford University publish one of the largest global transportation studies, more than 19,000 commuters in 19 countries participated • Study assesses trends and challenges in public transportation and parking, in the face of population growth and urban migration patterns

UK Consumer Spending Index January 2019: Further decline in household spending at start of 2019

UK Consumer Spending Index January 2019: Further decline in household spending at start of 2019

Press releases   •   Feb 13, 2019 08:00 GMT

Headline Findings: • Consumer spending falls -1.3%, fastest reduction in nine months • Face-to-Face expenditure down -1.5%, eCommerce also declines -0.2% • Transport & Communication again posts the sharpest reduction (-4.7%), while Food & Drink spending turns positive (+1.7%)

Consumer spending falls further in December

Consumer spending falls further in December

Press releases   •   Jan 16, 2019 09:12 GMT

Headline Findings: • Consumer spending: down -1.0%, strongest decline since April 2018 • Face-to-Face expenditure falls -1.6%, eCommerce spending up just +0.5% • Transport & Communication sees fastest drop in spend (-4.4%), while Hotels, Restaurants & Bars buck the trend (+7.6%)

Household spending falls for second month running in November

Household spending falls for second month running in November

Press releases   •   Dec 17, 2018 00:05 GMT

Headline Findings: • Consumer spending declines by -0.7%, following -0.2% fall in October • eCommerce expenditure rises by just +0.4%, while Face-to-Face spend falls again (-0.9%) • Transport & Communication, Clothing & Footwear and Recreation & Culture see quickest drops in spend

CRICKHOWELL HIGH STREET CROWNED ‘UK’S BEST’ IN  GREAT BRITISH HIGH STREET AWARDS

CRICKHOWELL HIGH STREET CROWNED ‘UK’S BEST’ IN GREAT BRITISH HIGH STREET AWARDS

Press releases   •   Nov 15, 2018 16:13 GMT

• Crickhowell High Street has been crowned the overall winner of the Government-run Great British High Street Awards 2018, sponsored by Visa • The Welsh high street, commended for its community-led initiatives and strong network of independent businesses, wins £15,000 for the local community

UK consumer spending falls slightly in October

UK consumer spending falls slightly in October

Press releases   •   Nov 13, 2018 00:10 GMT

Headline Findings: • Consumer spending: falls by -0.2%, after rising in August and September • eCommerce expenditure up by +2.6%, but Face-to-Face spend declines by -2.0% • Spending falls across Clothing & Footwear, and rises only slightly across Food & Drink and Hotels, Restaurants & Bars categories

Household spending increases slightly for second month in a row

Press releases   •   Oct 15, 2018 10:27 BST

- Consumer spending: increases by +0.2%, following +0.4% rise in August - Face-to-Face expenditure: up by +1.1%, while eCommerce spend falls by -0.2% - Sector data show that Hotels, Restaurants & Bars and Food & Drink categories continue to see strongest increases in spend

Consumer spending returns to positive territory in August

Press releases   •   Sep 17, 2018 09:10 BST

- Consumer spending: rises +0.4%, after -0.9% decline in July - Face-to-Face spend: increases +0.3%, but eCommerce expenditure declines by -0.2% - Hotels, Restaurants & Bars and Food & Drink categories see the biggest increases in expenditure

Household spending falls slightly in July

Press releases   •   Aug 13, 2018 09:12 BST

- Consumer spending: down -0.9% compared to July last year - Face-to-Face spend: decreases -1.2%, while eCommerce expenditure falls by -0.5% - Warmer weather supports solid increase in spend across Food & Drink and Hotels, Restaurants & Bars categories

‘Alight here for Gareth Southgate’ – iconic Tube station renamed in celebration of England football team

‘Alight here for Gareth Southgate’ – iconic Tube station renamed in celebration of England football team

Press releases   •   Jul 16, 2018 09:26 BST

• Transport for London (TfL) and Visa proudly welcome home England manager Gareth Southgate and his team by renaming Southgate Tube station to honour the team’s achievement this summer; • Iconic London Underground station changed from ‘Southgate’ to ‘Gareth Southgate’ for 48 hours; • Commuters and football fans encouraged to share photos and videos using hashtag #SouthgateSelfie.

Weather and World Cup prompt first back-to-back jump in household spending in over a year

Weather and World Cup prompt first back-to-back jump in household spending in over a year

Press releases   •   Jul 16, 2018 01:01 BST

Headline Findings: • Consumer spending: Increases +0.7% compared to a year ago • Face-to-Face spend: Outstrips eCommerce for second consecutive month • World Cup fever: Hotels, Restaurants & Bars and Food & Drink categories are best performing sectors

Consumer spending bounces back in May

Consumer spending bounces back in May

Press releases   •   Jun 18, 2018 00:01 BST

Headline findings: - Consumer spending: up +0.9% year-on-year, quickest increase since March 2017 - Face-to-Face spend: up +1.5% on the year, strongest upturn since October 2016 - Spending on household goods rises for the first time in 18 months