Prices at restaurants and other foodservice outlets have increased at more than twice the rate of food prices in general in the last five years, says a study by market analysts Horizons.
Inflation in eating out prices has shown an aggregate growth of 16% since the start of 2001, it reports.
This compares with overall inflation of 6% and food price inflation of 7%, according to Horizons.
Despite the increased cost, consumers have continued to spend the same proportion of their income on eating out. Eating out accounted for 8.4% of spending in 2001-03 and is now at 8.3%.
Food purchases by consumers in the foodservice sector grew from £24.3b in 2001 to an estimated £26.6b in 2005 - an increase of £2.3b.
But once inflation is taken into account, the increase is just £600m, or 2.5%.
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