How much extra do households spend at Christmas?
— £500, according to the Bank of England. Over the course of December our spending on food increases by 10%, alcoholic drinks by 20% and books 35%.
— £645, according to OnePoll (2016), including £117 spent on a partner’s gift.
— £796, according to YouGov (2015), including £159 on food and drink and £596 on gifts.
This is an extract from Barometer, in the Christmas issue of the Spectator