The hospitality and leisure sector saw spending fall by 68.9% in February compared to the previous year.

Meanwhile food and drink specialist stores, including butchers, greengrocers and meal kit services, saw record growth of 63.3%, as consumers transferred their spending to at-home eating and drinking.

Restaurant spending fell 84.6% during the second month of the third national lockdown, will takeaways were up 30%, data from Barclaycard reveals.

Consumer spending overall fell 13.8% in February, despite some sectors seeing record growth.

Confidence in the wider UK economy rose 4% from last month to its highest point in the past 12 months (28%).

With much of the high-street closed, spending on non-essential items declined 22.1% year-on-year.

Confidence in household finances held up at 68%, with 20% of those who have saved money planning to take a big holiday with the extra money they have saved.

Raheel Ahmed, head of consumer products at Barclaycard, said: “Despite a very challenging environment, it’s inspiring to see many retailers remaining resilient and doing what they can to maximise online sales while physical stores remain closed. In addition, as we all spend more time at home, we’ve seen home subscription services, fresh food boxes and meal-kit services become a popular mainstay of life in lockdown.

“The start of Spring, the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, the vaccine roll-out and the extension to the stamp duty holiday are contributing to a lift in the nation’s spirits. With consumers generally feeling more optimistic, there is a strong indication of a more prosperous period to come as the long-awaited recovery and life after lockdown begins.”