Drinking out spend in August grew 15% year on year with eating out up 10%, according to the latest Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker.

The data showed a buoyant performance from the sector compensated for a 10% year-on-year fall in other leisure.

The average household spent £98.59 on eating out in August, which was an 8% increase on July. Drinking out spend of £50.91 was also up 8% on the month before. Total leisure spend of £229.06 represented an increase of 3% year-on-year and 10% compared to July.

In eating out, growth was driven by households with children and those in London and the south east, with year-on-year increases of 15% (£14) and 11% (£10) respectively compared to 7% (£6) in the rest of the UK and 6% (£5) in childless households.

In drinking out year-on-year growth was driven by a 19% (£8) rise in the regions with a 7% (£4) rise in London and the south east.

Rob Rees, Greene King group marketing director, said: “Many British households enjoyed the last days of their summer by spending more on out-of-home leisure activities. This is likely to be a result of both the end of the school holidays and the positive weather seen across the country over the course of the month.”

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