Drinking out spend continued to show signs of stability in May as it increased by 2% year-on-year and 5% compared to April, according to the Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker.

The £47 per household average spend compared to £87 for eating out which was flat year-on-year and 2% down on the previous month.

Overall leisure spend of £207 in May was a 3% decrease year-on-year but was up 1% on the previous month.

The Tracker also showed the appetite among consumers for staycations, with around 85% of British households expected to take at least one domestic holiday between now and the end of the year, a 3% increase on the same figure captured in 2015.

The results showed eating out was the activity people are looking forward to most, with 87% of those taking a staycation stating they plan to dine out during their trip. Drinking out was the second most popular activity, with 69% overall saying they’ll enjoy a drink while on their break.

Rob Rees, Greene King’s new interim marketing director said: “On the eve of a momentous decision for the British public, this month’s Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker suggests that many households are looking forward to enjoying some well-earned holidays post Referendum. Meanwhile, total leisure spending in May has fallen compared with the same period last year, driven mostly by a sizeable reduction in spending on Other Leisure activities.”

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