Personal grooming spend up seven-fold as social activities reach almost pre-Covid levels

Bank of Ireland debit card spending analysis released today reveals boom in spending across hairdressers, accommodation, retail and travel

Spending at barbers and salons grew particularly among the 55-65 age group in May. Picture: Getty

There was a 10 per cent rise in consumer spending last month, with social activity returning to almost pre-pandemic levels, according to debit card transaction analysis released today.

Spending on social activities, which includes restaurant takeaway and dine-at-home offerings, fast food and takeaway pints, rose 13 per cent compared to April and stood at 1 per cent lower than it was prior to the onset of Covid-19, the figures compiled by Bank of Ireland showed.