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Cost of living. Brits ‘change behaviour’, skimping on food but splurging on gardens | Great Britain | news

However, a study by the National Office Statistics: (ONS) found that 49 per cent of adults are buying less food because of rising prices. Half the buyers too reports that they had to spend more than usual to get what they usually buy.

According to the ONS, the amount of food bought started to fall last summer and is now 3 per cent below pre-pandemic levels.

They said: “Rising prices have led to a change in behaviour. People have cut back on food purchases in recent months as a result of the cost of living crisis.”

However, they also added that the amount that households spend on “sports equipment, games and toys” remains higher than before the pandemic.

This also applies to “horticultural items such as flowers, plants, seeds and fertilisers”.

According to the research, spending in these two categories was 14 and 13 percent higher than in 2019.

The figures show that Brits are sticking to the hobbies and pastimes they have adopted during the Covid lockdowns.

During the lockdowns, many people took up gardening and playing games or sports to pass the time.

The survey also showed that high street retailers are slowly recovering from the devastating impact of the pandemic.

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They said: “While online shopping has been a growing behavior for several years, the pandemic seems to have accelerated the trend.

“However, in recent months we have started to move back towards in-store shopping, although online spending remains high.”

According to the figures, about 9.5 percent of purchases in supermarkets are made online.

The ONS survey also shows how much prices have risen over the past two years.

In May, retail spending was 13 percent higher than in February 2020, but retail volumes were only up 2.6 percent.

According to the ONS, consumers were putting off bigger purchases due to economic uncertainty.

They said: “Later spending, ie clothes and shoes, vehicle purchases and household goods, fell in the most recent month, but it was already well below what it was in February 2020.”



Cost of living. Brits ‘change behaviour’, skimping on food but splurging on gardens | Great Britain | news

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