The restaurant trade has been hit by the British public’s flagging faith in credit cards, according to MasterCard. The company has recently revealed that during September, UK consumers spending on MasterCard branded cards was down 1.2% against August’s figures, to £2.59bn. Credit card purchases declined by 2.6%, to £1bn, while spending on debit cards fell to £1.6bn, a drop of 6.3%. For the period, spending in the restaurant sector fell 9.9%, and spending on recreation by 3.9%. The travel industry was less badly hit, as fortunes fell to £542.1m, just 1.1% down on the previous month’s figure. Brian Moore, MasterCard Europe’s senior vice-president said: "UK consumers are tightening their belts as they feel the financial pinch inflicted by rising petrol and fuel prices."