A survey from Barclays credit card division on January spending, this via Reuters:
Barclaycard reported a 4.4 percent annual increase in retail spending during January
- up from growth of 4.0 percent in December,
- However, this reflected a 15 percent surge in petrol spending
- Spending on electronics and department store goods fell last month
Adds Reuters ... "pointed to early signs that consumers are beginning to feel the strain of inflation"