Takeaway and delivery sales saw their largest ever growth last month as consumers stayed stuck at home under lockdown rules.

According to the latest report from Barclaycard, sales in the takeaway and fast-food category grew by 32.6% year-on-year in January, whilst online food and drink retailers supplying recipe boxes saw a significant increase of 92.1%.

Unsurprisingly under national restrictions, pubs, bars and restaurants recorded significant declines in sales of 93.7% and 84.2% respectively.

Overall consumer spend saw its sharpest decline since May 2020, dipping by 16.3% year-on-year.

Just 40% of consumers said they were confident in their job security this month – the lowest level in over a year – though confidence in household finances stayed steady at 67%.

“As the impact of the latest lockdown start to takes its toll, we’ve seen particular sectors struggle, as physical premises across the UK were forced to close,” said Barclay’s head of consumer products Raheel Ahmed.

“Yet, on a more positive note, we have seen a surge in many online categories as the demand for home deliveries continues to rise. From meal kits and subscription services, to online grocery shopping, Brits have continued habits they formed in the first lockdown, with a record high seen in spending on takeaways and fast food.

“While confidence in job security has reached its lowest point in over a year, the ongoing vaccine rollout means that Brits believe there is hope on the horizon, and we all look forward to being reunited with much-missed family and friends later in the year.”