According to the Barclaycard Consumer Spending Report for 23 August to 26 September 2015 the pub and restaurant industry has seen some double-digit growth in spending - partly thanks to the Rugby World Cup. The sector is expecting to see these figures continue to rise in the run up to Christmas.

Chris Wood, Barclaycard chief operating officer, said: “Whilst the Rugby World Cup helped spend growth recover in September, it remained below both the level of increase we saw last year and the average level we’ve seen this year. Consumers seem to be ‘pausing for breath’ before the run-up to Christmas begins.”