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The return to schools and offices boosted UK social spending in September, according to card transaction data that provide the strongest signs of normalisation of consumer habits since the start of the pandemic.

Spending on entertainment rose 28 per cent last month compared with the same period in 2019, Barclaycard data showed on Tuesday. This is the fastest pace in more than two years as new film releases, gigs and theatre shows encouraged Brits back to venues.

Pubs, bars and clubs, meanwhile, revealed spending climbed 43.5 per cent, which boosted the overall amount to 13.3 per cent above 2019 levels, Barclaycard data showed.

“The return of pupils and workers to schools and offices helped many sectors to see strong uplifts in September,” said Raheel Ahmed, head of consumer products at Barclaycard.

Following panic buying with the fuel crisis and climbing petrol prices, spending on fuel rose 11 per cent, the fastest pace in more than two years….

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