UK consumer spending drops as inflation hit intensifies

Clubcard branding is seen next to shoppers inside a branch of a Tesco Extra Supermarket in London, Britain, February 10, 2022. Picture taken February 10, 2022. REUTERS/Paul Childs

LONDON, Aug 18 (Reuters) - British consumers' spending on credit and debit cards fell sharply over the past week and other measures of their behaviour were either stable or declined, weekly data collated by the Office for National Statistics showed.

Credit and debit card spending - which is based on Bank of England CHAPS interbank payment flows, and is not seasonally or inflation adjusted - was seven percentage points lower in the week to Aug. 11 than in the previous week and stood at 97% of its level in February 2020, just before the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Consumer behaviour indicators showed mostly falling or stable activity in the latest week," the ONS said.

Britain's economy is expected to enter a recession later this year as inflation climbs further into double digits, hitting consumer spending power.

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Reporting by William Schomberg; editing by David Milliken

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