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Research and Insights

Have you ever wanted to know more about the economic or social trends in the UK or the area you live in? We've used the power of the data we hold to help people better understand some of the interesting and sometimes surprising facts, figures and insights about your local community, a region, or even all of the UK.

Spending growth stabilises at 3 per cent as consumers stay cautious and cut back on non-essentials

Data from Barclaycard, which sees nearly half of the nation’s credit and debit card transactions, reveals that spending on essentials (3.8 per cent) outstripped discretionary spend growth (2.8 per cent) last month – the return of a trend seen over the second quarter of 2017. Expenditure on ‘must-haves’ was driven by increased spending at the pump (5.4 per cent) and in the supermarket (3.7 per cent), as higher prices on petrol and everyday groceries helped push inflation to its joint-highest rate in more than five years (2.9 per cent).

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Barclays Local Insights

What are people spending their money on? What is the difference in spending by age, income or region? Barclays Local Insights will show you the interesting and sometimes surprising facts, figures and insights about your local community, a region, or even all of the UK.

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Destination UK report

The UK remains an attractive tourist destination for both domestic holidaymakers and international visitors.

The increased convenience and value for money of UK holidays are driving more staycations. Over half of the British adults surveyed would choose short breaks in the UK in addition to their main international holidays. British holidaymakers also appear to have increased budgets for their domestic trips, with 30% planning to spend more on leisure activities than in previous years.

Find out more about the Destination UK report here

How do capital markets power the economy?

Capital markets play a vital role in the long-term health of the UK economy. They connect companies, governments and institutions with investors, and direct money into productive investments, like innovation and government spending.

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Brexit: The data you need to know

The triggering of Article 50 in March this year started the clock ticking on the two-year negotiation period to formalise the arrangements for the UK’s relationship with the European Union following the June 2016 ‘leave’ vote.

To help make sense of the Brexit process, the potential outcomes, as well as the broader economic implications, our Research team has created a comprehensive Brexit chart book, including timelines and what we see as the key macroeconomic data boiled down into 27 charts across two informative pages.

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