Consumer spending grew 3.1 per cent in March

Data from Barclaycard, which sees nearly half of the nation’s credit and debit card transactions, shows that essential expenditure rose modestly by 2.2 per cent, boosted by a 4.1 per cent growth in petrol spend while supermarket sales contracted 0.5 per cent. Non-essential spending, meanwhile, saw year-on-year growth of 3.4…

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