Pubs, bars, and clubs saw modest year-on-year growth in consumer card spending in June 2024, according to Barclays.

The latest Consumer Spend report found that the influx of sports fans watching the Euros outweighed the bad weather, with the category up 0.5% - on par with its strong performance in June 2023.

Colder weather, combined with new TV releases such as Bridgerton and House of the Dragon, boosted takeaways, which were up 4.4% year-on-year after declining 0.2% in May.

Restaurants, meanwhile, declined 11.5% year-on-year, an improvement from the 15.7% recorded in May. This reflects the selective approach cost-conscious consumers are taking to discretionary spending, according to Barclays, with 52% of those cutting back choosing to spend less on eating out at restaurants.

Spend on holidays abroad continues to grow, with travel agents and airlines up 5.5% and 3.2% respectively. Overseas travel outpaced staycations, demonstrated by domestic hotels, resorts, and accommodation seeing a 1.8% decline.

Entertainment businesses performed well, with cinemas enjoying their busiest day of the year on 15 June, attributed to the release of Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out 2.

Barclays further reported that overall consumer card spending fell 0.6%, the first decline since February 2021 and lower than the latest inflation rate of 2.8%. Cold weather early in the month, in contrast to warm weather in June 2023, hampered spending at clothing stores, pubs, and garden centres.

Consumer confidence, however, showed signs of recovery, with consumers feeling more optimistic about their ability to leave within their means and spend more on non-essential items. Concerns about inflation fell by one percentage point to 85%.

Karen Johnson, head of retail at Barclays, said: “Once again, our data demonstrates the undeniable impact that unseasonable weather can have on consumer spending. The sluggish demand at the start of June even caused some fashion brands to adjust their sales schedules, although I was pleased to see that the situation has since improved with the arrival of sunnier days.

“However, the dreariness didn’t dampen spending across the board, with takeaways, digital content and entertainment all benefitting from people sheltering at home, and hopefully we’ll see sustained interest in The Euros – regardless of England’s fate – and sunnier weather driving people to their local in July.”