Spending up on DIY and parties

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Consumers in South Yorkshire spend their hard earned cash on going out and making home improvements in April, a new survey has revealed.

Visa’s Expenditure Index for April showed spending on furniture, home accessories and DIY accessories rose, while on average shoppers spent £100 for a party.

Kevin Jenkins, managing director UK & Ireland at Visa Europe, said: “April was all about going out and sprucing up the home as consumers enjoyed the Easter weekend and a sunny second half of the month. Spend on household goods including furniture, home accessories and DIY rose as did trips to hotels, restaurants and bars.

“Overall spending volumes were two per cent higher compared to a year ago, marking the strongest monthly growth rate since Black Friday boosted November’s figures.

“The improvements in household spending power could drive growth in consumer spending for several months to come, even as margins and price wars continue to depress total spend on the high street.”