British consumers went for a night out more frequently in the last quarter than they did a year ago and spent more in the process.
That’s according to new figures from the fifth Deltic Night Index, organised by bar and night club operator the Deltic Group.
It’s the first time that the index has been able to offer a year-on-year comparison and figures from 1 August 2017 to 31 October 2017 showed that 60.1% of consumers went on a night out at least once a week. That compared with 43.2% for the last quarter and 58.3% in the same period last year.
Average spent on a night out climbed 14.8% – almost £10 on the last quarter, from £53.63 to £61.58. This was a 9% rise on the same period last year.
There has also been an 11.1% increase in spending on drinks in the venue when compared to the same period last year (from £16.22 to £18.02).
When it came to younger age groups, unsurprisingly the proportion of people who said they went on a night out at least once a week was even higher. Some 82% of 18-21 year olds go on a night out at least once a week, up 10% on last year.
Meanwhile, almost half (49.5%) of 18-25 year olds spend more money on clubs and bars each month than on other forms of late night leisure.
Peter Marks, chief executive of the Deltic Group said: “This is the first time we can look at the Deltic Night Index data over a 12-month period and it confirms what we already know: people love a good night out – the key point is that the definition of a ‘good night out’ very much depends on your age.
“Unsurprisingly, activities like the pub prove to be popular with older age groups, but clubbing continues to be one of the most popular night out activities for the younger age groups despite the commentary around younger people drinking and going out less. As we see from the data, almost half (49.5%) of 18-25 year olds spend more money in clubs and bars each month than any other forms of late night leisure.”
The data also showed that Halloween continues to grow in popularity, with almost 70% of Brits planning to celebrate the event, an increase of 8.5% on the previous year. Deltic said it enjoyed positive trading for the Freshers’ weeks and Halloween period (17 September 2017 to 31 October 2017) with total admissions up 6.4% to 1.3m people on a like-for-like basis. The group also reported a record Halloween Saturday, with admissions up 2.3% to 90,598 on last year.
Deltic has 57 bars and nightclubs across the UK and was formed out of Luminar, which went into administration in 2011.