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BBC: UK spending less on alcohol and tobacco, more on eating out

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UK spending less on alcohol and tobacco, more on eating out

  • 16 February 2017
  • From the section Business
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Families in the UK are becoming more clean-living, with less money being spent on cigarettes and alcohol, but more being spent on going out to restaurants.

But the Family Spending Survey from the Office for National Statistics shows little change in spending overall.

In the year to the end of March 2016, families spent an average of £528.90 a week, the same as the previous year.

The ONS said growth in consumer confidence had levelled off in 2015-16.

The figures show that spending on alcohol and cigarettes continued to fall over the period, to £11.40 a week.

At the start of the 2000s, families were typically spending nearly £20 a week on such items.

Meanwhile, households spent £45 a week on going out to restaurants and hotels - the first time that figure has has been reached in five years.

However, this includes alcoholic drinks being consumed away from home.

The figures show a big regional variation in spending on alcohol.

Households in Scotland spent an average of £8.90 a week, compared to £7.80 in the UK as a whole.

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