The average Briton spends almost £50 per month on eating out, according to a new study. The research, by grocery think-tank IGD and industry analyst Horizons, said Britons spent a total of £34.5bn last year on restaurant meals, takeaways and ready-made sandwiches.  An average family of five spends as much as £2,854 per year on food and non-alcoholic drinks outside the home. There are 55,700 restaurants and takeaways in the UK.  Together with cafeterias and canteens at work and in schools, these make up 31% of the £112.5bn food and drink industry. Financial Times 6/8/05 page 4 (News Digest) The Daily Telegraph 6/8/05 page 2 (News Bulletin)