Consumer confidence is growing however the hospitality industry is yet to feel the benefit, the Deloitte Consumer Tracker has reported.
Confidence grew by one percentage point to -6% in the first quarter of 2018, the second highest level in the tracker's history.
The growth was a result of falling inflation, rising wages and March's Brexit transition deal. Despite confidence remaining negative, the results mark a major step up from a low of -10% in Q2 of 2017.
The upward trend has yet to impact the hospitality industry, however, with Deloitte reporting that consumers remain cautious regarding discretionary areas, where spending remained flat.
A squeeze on consumer dining, increased labour and property costs have seen several casual dining operators pursue Company Voluntary Agreements in 2018.