Spending on bars and pubs saw a 1.4% growth among 16-24-year olds in May, as younger consumers returned to socialising at the earliest possible opportunity.

Data from Barclaycard reveals hospitality outlets showed signs of recovery as more industry-wide restrictions were lifted – though numbers are still well down when compared to the same period in 2019.

restaurants as well as bars and pubs saw respective declines of 53.2% and 19.4% for the month overall, these were marked improvements on the 74.4% and 67.2% contractions in April.

Consumer spending rose 7.6% in May overall compared to the same period in 2019, as the lifting of lockdown restrictions encouraged more people to shop and socialise.

Resorts and accommodation showed strong growth of 25.5%, with older consumers spending the most on staycations, with spend from those aged 50-64 up 40.5%, compared to a 13.1% decline among 16-24-year olds.

Raheel Ahmed, Head of Consumer Products, said: “May was a positive month for a range of categories, with the nation clearly determined to show support for retailers and local businesses. As friends and families reunited after months apart, it is reassuring to see signs of recovery for the entertainment and hospitality industries, both of which have faced significant challenges over the past year.

“While international holidays continue to be hampered by restrictions, staycations in the UK are providing a welcome boost to the travel sector, as May saw more holidaymakers, particularly in the older age groups, book or embark on trips. With summer – and hopefully more of this warmer weather – on the way, we hope to see these positive trends continue as Brits make the most of their newfound freedoms.”