Brits forecast to spend £9.3bn on non-essentials

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Fashion and beauty spending figures were listed high after 2005 adults undertook a survey last month
// New research shows UK consumers due to spend total of £9.3 billion following lockdown ease
// Each Brit expected to spend £195 on non-essential items

Brits are expected to spend an average £195 each on non-essentials, equating to £9.3 billion across the country.

Fashion and beauty spending figures were listed high after 2005 adults undertook a survey last month, an American Express study has shown.

However, the top category people expected to be spending their money on as lockdown eased was restaurant dining.


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With the government’s new Eat Out to Help Out scheme, consumers are expected to flood the high streets after receiving 50 per cent off their dining bill.

Clothes and accessories came in second place with an average spend of £25 (behind the £31 planned for eating out).

Beauty treatments and haircuts came in seventh place with a £12 spend while cosmetics and perfume purchases were next at £11.

Meanwhile, 49 per cent of Brits said they had been looking forward to going out for professionally cooked meals, while 36 per cent said they had missed their trips to the hairdresser.

Half of those who increased their online spending during lockdown planned to spend more on their local high street now that restrictions have eased.

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