Dining out in UK rises, but still below pre-recession level

In the United Kingdom, eating out rose 4 percent since last year. However, the average amount spent dining out has dipped, and the UK's dining out figure is below pre-recession level.

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    Backdropped by St. Paul's Cathedral in central London, people enjoy a drink at a shopping centre's rooftop restaurant, June 5, 2014. In the United Kingdom, eating out rose 4 percent since last year.
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As in the US, the British eating-out market remains behind its pre-recession level of dining frequency, but there are positive indicators in the new Eating Out-Look Survey conducted for UK researcher Horizons by YouGov.

In the new study, 71 percent of respondents (from among 2,366 surveyed online) reported having dined away from home in the previous two weeks, compared with 67 percent in June 2013. Although the average spend declined from £13.30 ($22.49) last year to £12.72 ($21.51) now, Horizons Director of Services Nicola Knight says the decline is not necessarily a bad sign. Instead it may indicate the increased dining frequency is including everyday meals and snacks as well as special-occasion dining.

Respondents in June 2014 reported eating out an average 2.21 in the previous two weeks, up from last year’s frequency of 1.77 times. By contrast, a recent study finds Americans averaging 2 eating out occasions each week for lunch alone.

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Numbers suggest takeaway and home-delivery food (19 percent of occasions) accounted for a good share of the frequency growth. These categories were 16 percent of occasions a year ago.

Among other findings:

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