The daily credit and debit card data from the Central Bank indicates, however, that February’s restaurants/dining card spend was 47% down on February 2020’s €289.1 million figure.
In overall annual terms, spending in the transport, accommodation and restaurants/dining sectors continued to be the most heavily-impacted.
Detailed monthly data for February 2021 show that total card spend, including ATM withdrawals, equated to €5.3 billion, which was marginally higher on the previous month, up 3% (or €177 million).
In annual terms, a decrease of 9% (or €498 million) was recorded.
Spending on services was largely unchanged over February, as Level 5 restrictions remained in force.